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Making a monster: How to create a killer character

Making a monster
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 7 November 2020
  • Course duration: Saturday 10 am - 4 pm, one day


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Frankenstein’s monster, Hannibal Lecter, Count Dracula... everyone knows their names and stories.

This short course will walk you through a mini history of the monster in horror writing, before you create your own monster legend.


The day is comprised of short lectures, group discussions and practical writing exercises.

It's is open to beginners as well as people with some writing experience looking for inspiration.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave this course with a short piece of creative horror writing that can be a great starting point for further development.

You’ll also have the knowledge of what to do with your text, and where best to get published.

Tutor profile: C J R Baker has published a series of novellas as well as thirteen short stories and articles.

She has an MA in Horror and Transgression, has begun her PhD related to this genre, and teaches on film production degree course at the University of Derby.

Indicative maximum class size: 16

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course, you will:

  • define and understand what is meant by monster
  • examine previous monsters and the impact they’ve had on the genre and industry
  • understand the use of a monster from a marketing angle
  • create a monster with a back story
  • gain feedback on a short piece of your own.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £60.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £60.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418