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Introduction to Writing Horror Fiction: The Devil's in the Detail - Online (six weeks)

Creative Writing Online - Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 1 February 2021
  • Course duration: Mondays 6 - 8 pm, six weeks


During this 100% online course, delivered via Zoom, you’ll establish the fundamentals of writing horror fiction.

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

On this course you’ll examine the key tropes of horror fiction, from zombies and vampires to the ‘final girl’ and look at the importance of creating a unique selling point to your writing.

There’ll be online lectures, group discussions and writing tasks, with feedback from both the tutor and your peers.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have built confidence in your writing skills and have new ideas in horror writing to pursue.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with and have access to a variety of online resources.

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 fiction and non-fiction publications.

Indicative maximum class size: 12

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

During the course you will:

  • learn how to develop your writing through atmosphere and emotion
  • outline the pleasures of horror for the audience
  • examine the common storytelling devices
  • develop believable horror characters that will engage your readers
  • investigate how monsters and threats inform the narrative
  • take part in a dynamic group discussions about effective horror writing
  • complete creative writing tasks from prompts
  • use the prompts to try writing various types of fiction
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

You’ll discover what it takes to keep the reader wanting more, and will finish the course by looking at editing, drafting, proofreading, approaching a publisher and marketing.

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 £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

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