Comma Press Online HORROR Short Story Course with Andy Murray - SOLD OUT

18 Jun 2020 - 6.30PM

Venue: Zoom (free video conferencing platform)

Time: 6:30-8:30pm 

Price: Full price places are £120 + VAT (£144), bursary places (for low-income writers in receipt of means-tested benefits and single parent writers) are £60 + VAT (£72

Attendees must pay for full course - individual course units not available separately.

Dates: Six workshops, held fortnightly (on Thursday evenings), to enable you to complete writing assignments:

18th June 
2nd July
16th July
30th July
13th August
27th August

Tickets can be purchased directly from Comma Press, email for details. 


This course is about the short story AND the horror genre …

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on the predominant narrative structures and techniques used by short story writers, and implement them in your own work, including how to improve the characterisation, dialogue, and narrative voice. 

There's an extremely rich history of the horror short story. The form, with its inherent claustrophobia, intensity and gift for narrative tricks, is a perfect match for the genre. In this course we'll be examining some classic examples from this history, unpicking how they work and looking at how these techniques can be used to unnerve the contemporary reader. 

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, or creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing between sessions, and contribute your opinions and insight during the group discussions. The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres. 

What we won’t cover …

This isn’t a course devised to help you write a novel, a novella, poetry, micro-fiction, or biography – it’s all about the short story, which presents its own specific demands and opportunities to writers (for the avoidance of doubt, short stories typically weigh in at somewhere between 1500 and 8000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

A computer and internet access at home, and a Zoom account (free). 

About the Tutor:

Andy Murray is a writer and journalist based in Manchester. He edited Comma's first modern horror story anthology, Phobic, and has written biographies of British television scriptwriters Nigel Kneale and (with Dr Mark Aldridge) Russell T Davies. Formerly the programmer of the Darkness Over Britain strand celebrating British film and TV horror at Manchester's Cornerhouse arts centre, he's now a regular contributor to Big Issue North, Northern Soul and We Are Cult. He also teaches Film Journalism at the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.


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