Next course starts: 8th March 2023 – 2 places remaining
Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for our online creative writing courses. We therefore recommend that you book early to avoid disappointment.
Duration: six weeks
Course is strictly limited to 10 participants.
You don’t have to be based in Ireland to take the course. We accept students from around the world.
You don’t have to be online at any particular time or day. The course is carried out through email correspondence, so you can read the notes whenever you wish. There will be weekly notes and assignments over the course of six weeks. Your tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback.
Note: The tutor will email you on the course start date with you first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.
The Writing Horror Fiction Course will guide the participant through creating their own work of terror. This course incorporates advice from several successful horror fiction authors. Over six weeks, it will cover the essentials of the horror genre with various exercises and the chance to complete a creative piece of horror fiction of your own!
Week One – Basics of Horror Fiction
Week one introduces the participant to the building blocks of the genre. From the various kinds of fear to conveying emotion in your work, the first lesson discusses the basics of horror fiction. There is also the chance to begin planning a work of horror fiction of your own.
Week Two – Villains and Monsters
In the second week, we ask, what makes a good villain in horror fiction? The participant will learn how to create their own monster through expert advice.
Week Three – Heroes and Victims
The third week asks a similar question to the second, how do we create good heroes and victims for crime fiction? The participant will learn how to create other characters for their horror fiction and have a go at designing their own.
Week Four – Settings
In the fourth week, we ask, what makes a good setting in horror fiction. The participant will learn how to create an active setting for their fiction and have a go at designing their own.
Week Five – Creating Horror
The fifth lesson guides the participant, in detail, through creating horror in fiction. We look at the devices authors use to create moments of terror. There is then the chance to begin a piece of horror fiction of your own!
Week Six – Pitfalls of Horror Fiction
The final lesson highlights the potential mistakes beginner horror fiction writers could make, helping you avoid them in your writing. There is then the chance to finish and edit your own piece of horror fiction!