Time: 19:00 - 21:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW635
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Over six weeks you'll explore the essential components of horror fiction, drawing from classic texts to write in ways that scare, spook and unsettle readers. Ideal for beginners, or for those who have already taken 'Writing horror: a beginner's guide' and are looking to deepen their knowledge of the genre.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Horror short fiction
- Horror novels.
- The different kinds of horror.
- The role of social commentary in horror.
- Where next for horror.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Plan a short story in the horror genre.
- Write a gripping opening of a short story in the horror genre.
- Write an outline for a longer piece of writing in the horror genre.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course, although some familiarity with horror fiction will be beneficial.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Students will be taught through a mix of individual, pair and group work, tutor instruction, in-class writing tasks and text analysis.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring writing materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a range of genre fiction courses including Crime writing, Writing fantasy stories and Romance. For more information, please browse the writing section of our website.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Jonathan Barnes is the author of five novels, most recently Dracula's Child and The City of Dr Moreau. He writes regularly for The Critic, the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review. He has written extensively in the audio medium, especially in the areas of licensed fiction - Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sherlock Holmes and others.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.