Writing Horror: Online short story course with Andy Murray

Price: 150.00

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26 September 2023

Online, Zoom

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About the event

Chill the bones of your readers this Autumn with Andy Murray's short story craft course. 
Learn how to build suspense, how to deftly handle ambiguities, how and when to scare your reader, and how to play around with story form and structure to achieve tension. 
We'll journey from that most terrifying of concepts; a blank page, and arrive at a complete and polished story, which we'll publish in a Comma Press ebook. Along the way, Andy will offer expert editorial advice and ply you with gallons of imaginative prompts whenever you might get stuck.
We will look at classic and contemporary Horror texts to identify HOW we terrify our readers.
The workshops will consist of fun and simple writing exercises, in-class discussions, readings of some awesome stories as homework, and the chance to share bits of our writing as it develops.

Course dates and location: Zoom

6.30-8.30pm on the following Tuesdays:

Tues 26th Sep

10th Oct

24th Oct

7th Nov

21st Nov

5th Dec


Andy is a highly experienced workshop leader and has run Horror writing courses since 2020.


About the course


Over the course of 6 sessions, every two weeks on Tuesdays 6.30-8.30pm, we'll explore not what a short story "should" be but everything it could be, giving you permission to find out what "short story" means to you. Together we'll read and discuss a dazzling, surprising and varied reading list of short and very short stories of all shapes, styles, genres and forms, using these as inspiration for writing exercises that encourage you to be playful and warm up your writing muscle, so you can write the short and very short stories you want to write in the way only you can write them!


At the end of the course everyone will produce a final short story which will be published in a comma press ebook.

PLEASE NOTE Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience.




£150.00 per ticket (+Booking Fees - or feel free to email Isabelle below to be invoiced direct) which covers 6x sessions including detailed feedback and end of course publication in a short story e-book anthology.

Bursaries available first come first served – simply email Isabelle Kenyon at commapublicity@yahoo.co.uk


Considering signing up?

We make our courses as accessible as possible: they span the UK and take place routinely throughout the year; you don't actually need any previous experience - just enthusiasm for short story writing; and you only need a pen, paper, laptop/computer, and internet access in order to take part and keep in contact.


What our graduates say


Past participants on our Short Story Courses have gone on to be published by the likes of Penguin, Canongate Books, The Best of British Fantasy, Granta, and Ambit Magazine, have work reviewed in the The Guardian, The Irish Times, Lit Hub, Sunday Express and Metro and recognised by awards such as the The Brighton Prize