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Halloween Series: Delivering Effective Scares & A History of Horror

15 September @ 08:00 - 17:00

About this Event

To kick off Halloween celebrations, NWS brings you two horror-fiction writing workshops aimed at both beginner and intermediate horror writers! The content might instil fear but our prices won’t, we’re offering fantastic discounts if you book onto both workshops.

Workshop 1: Delivering Effective Scares (Thursday 22nd October @ 6.30 – 8.30pm)

Horror fiction depends on its ability to scare and unsettle us, be that through subtle psychological horror or more visceral, in your face frights. But how do you ensure that your horror story really delivers in the terror stakes? This workshop will take a look at areas such as atmosphere, the five senses, effective pacing and reveals, as well as tapping into some of the psychology of fear as we know it.

Throughout this workshop, you will…

  • Explore the elements that go into making horror stories that genuinely scare readers
  • Understand the importance of atmosphere and foreshadowing in ‘prepping’ readers to be scared
  • Develop knowledge of how to pace horror stories and when to make the reveal
  • Look at the importance of description and using the five senses within horror

Workshop 2: A History of Horror (Thursday 29th October @ 6.30-8.30pm)

This session will serve up a potted history of the horror genre, from its earliest Gothic roots through to some of the first great such as Poe, Lovecraft and James. We’ll then come to look at more modern greats, with a look at the 70s and 80s horror boom as well as the authors currently doing incredible work in the field. This will also take in writing tips and lessons from some of these titans of horror!

Throughout this workshop, you will…

  • Explore some of the most significant books and authors in the horror genre
  • Develop an understanding of important changes and movements in the field
  • Look critically at what made some of the great horror authors so acclaimed, and what writers can learn from them

About Alex Davis

Alex Davis is an author, lecturer and reviewer with a keen interest in horror. He works as Associate Lecturer for the University of Derby, and has had many horror short stories published over the years, as well as a host of reviews and criticism, including the popular Film Gutter series. Alex is also known as the organiser of the popular Edge-Lit event, taking place each year in Derby.

Book your place

To book onto individual workshops, tickets cost £15 for NWS Members and £18 general admission. Book both workshops to be eligible for discounted tickets at £25 for NWS Members and £30 general admission.

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This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing service you can use to virtually meet with others – either by video or audio-only or both. A user manual containing access instructions and a link will be sent out to you before the workshop. You will need an internet connection, and a computer with either a built in camera or webcam, and a built-in microphone/speaker.


15 September
08:00 - 17:00
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