Writing Horror Fiction Course

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TUTOR: Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.

Start Date: 3rd July, 2024

Duration: Six weeks

Fee: £160

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Embrace the Shadows with Our Online Horror Fiction Writing Course

Welcome to our Online Horror Fiction Writing Course, your gateway to the spine-tingling world of horror. This six-week course will lead you through the essentials of the horror genre, providing a wealth of exercises and the opportunity to craft your own terrifying piece of fiction.

Expert Instructors with Worldwide Access

Don’t be afraid; our Creative Writing Ink courses are open to students from across the globe, regardless of where you’re located. Learn from the best, no matter where you are. Every week, you’ll complete a written assignment that your dedicated online tutor will assess, offering personalised feedback to help you stay on track and monitor your progress during the course.

Lifetime Access to Course Materials

Even after the course wraps up, you’ll have lifelong access to the course materials. This ensures you can revisit the lessons whenever you need a quick refresher or wish to reacquaint yourself with specific topics.

Limited Availability: Enrol Today

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

Weekly Course Structure

Once the course begins, you’ll receive an email from your tutor with the first module (don’t forget to check your SPAM folder). The course consists of weekly modules, each focusing on a crucial 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

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!

Start Date

3rd July


6 weeks




Kerry Hadley-Pryce