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On a dark, dark night: Worldbuilding in Horror and Crime - Online

Creative Writing Online - Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 5 May 2022
  • Course duration: Thursday 6 - 8 pm, one evening


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Horror and crime are both genres which immerse readers into the world that has been created; sometimes from the ‘real world’ and other times from imagined worlds.

This two-hour online workshop will help you establish the fundamentals of creating effective worlds and settings in your creative writing.


It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing for the horror and crime genres, whether you have done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner.

What will I gain?

By the end of the session you will have built confidence in your creative writing skills to build an effective setting and have some new ideas to further pursue your horror or crime writing.

Tutor Profile: Charlotte Baker is an author and an associate lecturer and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, identification, true crime and fandom.

Charlotte has over thirty fictional and nonfictional publications.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • understand how to develop your writing through atmosphere and tone
  • discuss how to keep the readers gripped
  • take part in a dynamic group discussion on effective horror writing
  • consider how the location can help further the narrative and tension in your writing
  • complete writing tasks from prompts
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £15.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £15.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418