Horror Short Story Course with Alex Davis, Derby

16 Jan 2019 - 6.30PM

Location: The QUAD, Cathedral Quarter, Market Place, Derby

Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Price: £180 for the full course + 2 x £100 reduced fee places for single-parent writers, or writers in receipt of a means tested benefit, personal independence payments, or disability living allowance (please contact info@commapress.co.uk for more information)

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

Dates: Six workshops are held over a 6 month period, on the third Wednesday of the month, to enable you to complete writing assignments:

16th January

20th February 

20th March

17th April

15th May

19th June

Tickets can be purchased from Becca Parkinson, to register your place please contact her on becca.parkinson@commapress.co.uk


This course is about horror fiction...

Over the course of 6 workshops, you’ll get a handle on what makes great horror writing in the short form, including building atmosphere and great reveals, exploring the traditions of the genre, the importance of characterisation in horror, understanding pacing in horror and much more. Completing set writing tasks between workshops, and receiving structured, peer-driven feedback, you’ll develop 2 horror short stories to completion, with tailored advice on how to shape the story, as well as developing a host of other ideas for fresh horror tales.. Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction is always looking for new voices in short fiction and our courses have a strong history of producing prize-winning short story talent.

What you need to be familiar with …

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, horror stories in any form. To get the most from the course, you should be prepared do some background reading, undertake writing tasks between sessions, read the work of others on the course prior to each session, offer tactful – yet frank – feedback, and receive constructive criticism on your own work. The course will be specifically focusing on horror, but is equally applicable for those with a previous work written in the field or authors wanting to explore this exciting form for the first time.

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, for the purpose of this course we will be looking at stories up to 5,000 words long).

Equipment you’ll need …

Something to write with (pen and paper will do) during sessions, and a computer and internet access at home, to upload your work in progress to the online drop box, or email to the group. If you prefer to print out other people’s work to read prior to the sessions (rather than reading from a screen), you’ll need to do this at your own expense. The course will also feature a range of handouts and course resources provided by the tutor

About the Tutor …

Alex Davis is a creative writing tutor and lecturer with over a decade of experience, much focusing on genre fiction. He has taught acclaimed workshop sessions on horror, ghost stories, the Gothic, fantasy fiction, science-fiction and more, as well as having run over thirty general writing courses around the East Midlands. In his capacity as an events organiser, he has worked with modern horror luminaries such as Adam Nevill, Joe Hill, Paul Tremblay, Andrew Michael Hurley, John Connolly and many more. He has had a range of horror short stories published, as well as a science-fiction novel (The Last War) and a non-fiction horror book looking at the movie Martyrs.