Writing Darkness: Horror, Mystery and Suspense
Electrify your writing by mastering techniques from the darker side of fiction, delving deep into atmosphere, fear and dread in a twelve-week course.
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£200 / month for 2 months and a £295.00 deposit
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Write your own work of dark fiction
From Mary Shelley to Stephen King, horror in literature has always commanded a huge audience. Some of humanity’s oldest stories are dark tales, cautioning against a lurking threat, foretelling a coming disaster or telling of vengeful spirit’s wrath. During the course, we will examine why our relationship with the darker side of fiction has endured the millennia, and why there will always be a market for scary stories. We will create haunted places and people, stoke fear and fight demons in the pursuit of unsettling and evocative fiction.
Over the course of twelve weeks, we will consider how to write relatable fear, how to create a brooding atmosphere and how to make setting an intrinsic character in your fiction. Each session will include short tutorials on technique with practical exercises, peer and individual feedback as well as reading recommendations to help you enrich your own dark fiction.
By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the tools and techniques needed to write truly spine-chilling tales, craft characters which defy the conventions of the genre and create vivid settings. You will have a greater understanding of how and why the darkness in fiction represents the struggles of society and how this has evolved from campfire stories into the online world.
Is this the right course for me?
This course won’t just teach you how to write horror and mystery stories, but also how to employ the most powerful and evocative parts of the genre to add genuine depth to your places and your characters. You don't need to have taken any courses before but please note it is not designed for complete beginners and is best suited to students who have experimented with some form of writing before.
Whether you’re a committed horror denizen or are looking to infuse your genre writing with a hint of darkness, Matt Wesolowski’s electrifying course is for you.
This course takes place on Faber Academy's brand new online classroom, with additional sessions via. Zoom. Each session will last one week and provides material for you to work through at your own pace.
Opens Monday 15 April
Introduction: Hooks & Characters...
Opens 22 April
Opens 29 April
Matt Wesolowski is an author from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the UK. He is a former English tutor for young people...More About This Tutor
Matt was an exceptional tutor. His lessons were the perfect blend of hands on and hands off. He was supportive and encouraging. He provided excellent and pertinent feedback to each and every person on the course. As the first writing course I have ever taken at Faber I would just like to say I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. Anything else that Matt teaches I'm going to sign up to. Thank you Matt and thank you Faber!
It honestly felt like Matt was a magician weaving a spell so I could believe in my writing [...] It wasn't just the content which was excellent, it was the skilled way he brought out our creativity and enabled us to push ourselves and have confidence whatever stage we were at. I still don't know how he did it really, but it was exactly what I needed and a game changer for me. An exhausting but totally magical week!
Matt was an exceptional tutor. His lessons were the perfect blend of hands on and hands off. He was supportive and encouraging. He provided excellent and pertinent feedback to each and every person...
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