Horror Short Story Writing Course
Presented in association with Comma Press with Alex Davis
Wednesdays; 16th January, 20th February, 20th March, 17th April, 15th May & 19th June, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Over the course of six workshops you’ll get a handle on what makes great horror writing in the short form, including building atmosphere and great reveals, exploring the traditions of the genre, the importance of characterisation in horror, understanding pacing in horror and more. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop two horror short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, as well as developing a host of other ideas for fresh horror tale. Comma Press is one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction and always looking for new voices in short fiction and their courses have a strong history of producing prize-winning short story talent.
What you need to be familiar with …
You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, horror stories in any form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course will be specifically focusing on horror, but is equally applicable for those with a previous work written in the field or authors wanting to explore this exciting form for the first time.
What we won’t cover …
This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).
Equipment you’ll need …
Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense. The course will also feature a range of handouts and course resources provided by the tutor
Price: £180, £100 reduced fee