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Making a Monster: Online horror writing workshop

24 June @ 18:30 - 20:30

Whether magic, malevolent or meek, learn how to conjure up the most appropriate monsters for your horror stories with Alex Davis this June!

About this Event

In this session, we’ll explore the monster in horror – its traditions, its archetypes, some of the most famous examples in horror fiction, and how you can write them well!

With a mix of lecture elements, discussion points, workshop exercises, and more, this workshop will prepare attendees to write their own monster stories – whether they want to stay within the archetypes or explore them in whole new ways!

Throughout this two-hour session, you will…

  • Explore the roots of some of horror’s most famous monsters, both in fiction and in mythology and folklore.
  • Look at some of the most famous examples of monsters within horror stories.
  • Understand the ‘rules’ that govern these archetypes, and how authors can write well within them.
  • Consider ways that authors might be able to push the boundaries of monster archetypes.
  • Create your own monster through our workshop exercise.

About Alex Davis

Alex Davis is a horror author, reviewer and fan with more than 15 years of experience across the writing industry, taking in publishing, writing both fiction and non-fiction, event organisation, workshop facilitation, copy-editing, proofreading and more. He currently works as Literature Officer for QUAD and is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby.

How to access the workshop

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.

Book your place

Tickets cost £12 for NWS members and £15 for general admission. Book your place below, or to find out more about joining NWS, head to our membership page.

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