Writing Horror Fiction Course

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TUTOR: Helen Moorhouse is the author of five novels ‘The Dead Summer, ‘The Dark Water’, ‘Sing Me To Sleep’, ‘Ever This Day’ and ‘The Gallery of Stolen Souls’ published by Poolbeg Press. A lover of stories, particularly the paranormal, her writing was featured in two anthologies – ‘All I Want For Christmas’ (2012) and ‘If I Was A Child Again’ (2013), and her short story ‘The Night Nurse’ was commissioned as the 2018 RTE Radio 1 Book Show Christmas ghost story.

A DIT journalism graduate, she has extensive copywriting experience across many areas – commercial radio advertising and branding, corporate video, speechwriting and speech consultancy, long and short form articles and more. Helen was an op-ed contributor to the Irish Independent 2012-2014, and has published articles and stories across many Irish newspapers and magazines.

Start Date: 20th August, 2024

Duration: 6 Weeks

Price: €170

3 places remaining

Online Horror Fiction Writing Course: Unleash Your Dark Imagination

Dive into the abyss of horror and fear with our Online Horror Fiction Writing Course, a six-week adventure through the heart of the horror genre. This course provides the foundation for crafting terrifying tales, with exercises and the opportunity to create your own chilling work of fiction.

Expert Instructors with Global Reach

Fear not, for our Creative Writing Ink courses are open to students worldwide, no matter where you’re located. Learn from the best, regardless of where you are. Each week, you’ll submit written assignments for evaluation by your dedicated online tutor, receiving personalised feedback to help you maintain focus and track your progress during the course.

Lifelong Access to Course Materials

Even after the course concludes, you’ll maintain lifelong access to the course materials, allowing you to revisit the lessons at your convenience or refresh your knowledge on specific topics.

Limited Availability: Enrol Now

With high demand for our courses, we recommend early enrolment to secure your spot and avoid disappointment.

Weekly Course Structure

Once the course commences, you’ll receive an email from your tutor with the first module (check your SPAM folder). The course comprises weekly modules, each focusing on a critical aspect of the horror genre. We recommend dedicating 2-3 hours per week to the course, working through text lessons at your own pace. The absence of set class times means you can adapt your learning to your schedule.

Here’s a sneak peek of the weekly topics:

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!

Join Us

Embrace the darkness and refine your horror fiction writing skills. Over six weeks, you’ll delve into the essentials of the genre, participate in various exercises, and ultimately create your very own piece of horror fiction. Enrol today and embark on an exciting journey into the world of horror fiction writing!

To find out more about how the online courses work, or if you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.ie

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

Start Date

20th August


6 weeks




Helen Moorhouse