Creative Writing - Writing Horror with Shaun Kennedy

Ref: C2345547

Most horror fans will find themselves desensitised to films, whether it be scares or gore. Literature however can use our imaginations against us, thoroughly immersing us in these scenes of ‘terror’ and ‘horror’. Via self-reflection and informed contemplation we will consider what still scares and disgusts us and how we can effectively present and utilise that in our own writing. In consideration of telling a story, we will examine sub-genres, observe how to create relatable and sympathetic characters, weave a smart narrative with symbolic resonance, explore the psychology behind antagonistic settings, and much more. This short course will feature lecture, discussion, examples, and exercises to guide us into writing horror stories we can be proud to scare others with!

Course aim

This 10 session course aims to introduce students to various methodologies for writing horror stories, both short and novel-length.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define ‘horror’, identify its origins, and explore its subgenres & multi-genre appeal
  • Examine psychology in horror so we may utilise our own fears to frighten others
  • Deconstruct layered protagonists and antagonists, establishing & exploiting their rules
  • Discuss ways in which language can manipulate readers and infer complex themes
  • Analyse examples throughout literature & other media with consideration to publish

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pen, pencil, rubber, paper; anything else will be mentioned as the course goes on

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Creative Writing - Writing Horror with Shaun Kennedy


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