Looking to add some drama to your writing? In need of an edge? Twists, scares and suspense are fundamental aspects of many genres of writing, including horror, the Gothic, mysteries, crime and thrillers. But how do we surprise a twenty-first century reader well-versed in genre conventions? How do we keep our readers feverishly turning pages well into the witching hour? This course will explore practical techniques to manage tension, subvert expectations, build suspense and create hooks – applicable to all good fiction-writing. We’ll look at how other writers scare and thrill their readers in equal measure, and shape our own sinister creations in response, asking, what makes us afraid? Join us for a course rich in the spooky and the strange – what better time to unpack the uncanny than Friday 13th?