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No Guts, No Glory: Horror Writing for Beginners

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Books and skull

Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm, two weeks

Indicative maximum class size: 15

Horror is a growing genre, with new books and films being released on a weekly basis.

Whilst this may safeguard horror writing’s longevity, it does mean there’s increasing competition between writers.

This course will help you develop a successful writing habit and reduce and overcome writers’ block.

It’ll familiarise you with the current horror market, help you refine your own writing skills and ensure you avoid all the amateur mistakes often made by new authors.

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24th February 2018 – 3rd March 2018

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Course Description

Through discussion, practical activities and advice from a published author, you’ll gain practical skills that will boost your own writing ability and productivity to help you overcome some of the challenges you may face.

The course is aimed at anyone who is interested in writing horror, for either pleasure or with the aim of being published.

Beginners to writing as well as those with experience are welcome.

On this course you will:

  • be introduced to horror writing
  • examine the writing habits you need to avoid and develop
  • undertake a post-mortem of modern horror, including group discussions on hot topics and originality
  • gain information on how and where to sell your work and the formatting process involved
  • have a one-to-one session where you can work through a piece of your writing individually with the tutor.

What will I gain?

You’ll leave this course with three or four short pieces 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 horror novellas, short stories and articles.

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

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813