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Horror Writing Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Horror fiction is an enduringly popular genre. We just can’t seem to get enough of the thrills and chills that only a good scary story can deliver. But how is it done? How do writers take nothing but words and turn them into fear – after all, words can’t hurt you… right?

Horror writers are experts in the things that frighten us, and the good ones can dig deeper into the things that keep us awake in the darkness. If you want to write horror fiction that will have your readers sleeping with the lights on for days afterwards, you need to understand not only where our fears come from, but how to play each note of a scary story so that your reader will want to run away (and yet, keep turning the pages).

In the Horror Writing Diploma Course, we will define horror and look at its history and development as a genre. We’ll look at how scary stories are told, and the nuts and bolts of a horror narrative. We’ll discover different types of fear, and how to evoke these emotions in your readers. We’ll explore established tropes and conventions, and look at ways to flip these and keep your writing fresh and your readers guessing. We’ll look at different types of form and fiction, and explore the main subgenres in the horror market today.

The Horror Writing Diploma Course is packed with creative writing exercises and advice on how to put your knowledge into action. We will explore flash fiction, short stories, novel-length work and series, as well as modern forms and online publication opportunities, including SMS fiction and creepypasta. You’ll produce your own horror fiction (including up to a novel-length first draft, if that’s what you’re aiming for) and look at ways to seek traditional publication and explore the self-publication market.

All you need to bring is your imagination (at least the darkest corners of it!) and some way to write your story down. You will find access to the internet and a library useful (for research and reading) but they are not essential. Previous writing experience is not necessary, although it will really help if you have read a few horror novels or seen horror films, and are familiar with the genre. Otherwise, just bring yourself, your imagination, and your desire to write, and by the end of the course, you won’t be scared of scary stories anymore!

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand the horror genre
  • Explore fear and how to evoke it
  • Become familiar with established tropes and conventions
  • Follow creative writing exercises
  • Produce your own horror fiction
  • Learn about traditional publication and self-publication
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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Horror Fiction?
  • Part 2: Introduction to Types of Horror
  • Part 3: The History of The Horror Story
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Genre & Subgenre
  • Part 2: Subgenres of Horror
  • Part 3: Subgenres in Detail
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: How To Scare Your Readers
  • Part 2: Characters are Flawed and Make Mistakes
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Tropes and Cliché
  • Part 2: Common Horror Tropes
  • Part 3: Characters
  • Part 4: Monsters
  • Part 5: Objects & Items
  • Part 6: Situations
  • Part 7: A Word on Representation and Diversity
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Things That Go Bump In The Night
  • Part 2: Metaphor
  • Part 3: Writing Monster Horror
  • Part 4: ​​Writing Human Horror
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: When & Where
  • Part 2: Climate and Nature
  • Part 3: Uncanny Architecture
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Who and Why
  • Part 2: The Shadow: Shame, Trauma and Mortal Fears
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Planning Your Story
  • Part 2: Creepypasta
  • Part 3: Writing Scary
  • Part 4: Writing Action Scenes
  • Part 5: Writing Gore
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sharpen Your Pencil
  • Part 2: Story Structure
  • Part 3: Writing the Beginning
  • Part 4: Writing The Middle
  • Part 5: Writing the Ending
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Editing Your Work
  • Part 2: Publishing Your Work
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Horror Writing Diploma Course is a great introduction to horror writing for those who are new to writing in the genre, or those who are new to the genre but have written in others, for example, science fiction or mystery.

The course assumes you have read some horror literature and are familiar with basic writing terms. You can use the course to work on notes, scenes and sketches or you can create a full-length novel. The course exercises will help prepare you and the writing modules will guide you through producing the first draft of a piece of work of any length.

Learn to build your storytelling, writing and editing skills and work towards creating a piece of writing that you can proudly show off. This may lead you to pursue writing further, as a hobby or potential career.

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The Horror Writing Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

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