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How to Write a Ghost Story

28 October @ 18:30 - 20:30

About this event

The ghost story remains an enduringly popular form of writing to this day, and this evening workshop aims to give participants all the tools to deliver truly chilling supernatural tales. The session will include a mix of discussion and writing exercises:- on the tropes of ghost stories, their history, structuring your story, writing a strong opening and the value of dialogue v description. Author Alyson Faye will also provide information and e-handouts of online sites, famous ghost stories and authors, and possible magazines to submit to.

The session aims to give you both the insight and inspiration to create your own ghost-filled, supernatural stories!

By the end of the session, you will…

  • Learn more about the genre, including famous examples
  • Learn how to set about writing your own ghost story
  • Gain the knowledge and confidence to explore this genre further
  • Feel comfortable to engage with the exercises and share your work

About Alyson Faye

Alyson’s fiction and poetry have been published in a range of anthologies, (Diabolica Britannica/Strange Girls) on the Horror Tree, several Siren’s Call editions, in Page and Spine, by Demain Press (The Lost Girl/Night of the Rider), in Trickster’s Treats 4, on Sylvia e-zine and The World of Myth.

She has stories coming out in 2021 with Kandisha Press, Space and Time’s July magazine and Brigid’s Gate Press’, Were-Tales anthology and in Night Frights (Perpetual Motion).

Her work has been read on BBC Radio, local radio, on several podcasts (Ladies of Horror and The Night’s End) and placed in several competitions.

She works as an editor for a UK indie press. She co-runs the indie horror press, Black Angel, with Stephanie Ellis.

Book your place

Tickets cost £15 for NWS Members and £17 for general admission. Book your place below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.


This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom. A link with access instructions will be emailed to you shortly before the workshop is due to start. If you have any questions about using Zoom, please email us at admin@nottinghamwritersstudio.co.uk


28 October
18:30 - 20:30
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Nottingham Writers’ Studio
25 Hockley
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG1 1FH United Kingdom
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