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Queensland Writers Centre


Queensland Writers Centre

Level 2, State Library of Queensland Stanley Place, Brisbane, QLD 4101

Brisbane, QLD, AU, 4101


with Claire Fitzpatrick

Elicit fear into your readers with effective horror writing.

‚ÄúThe oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď HP Lovecraft.

Whether you are a fan of horror literature or are just beginning your writing endeavours, this four-part introductory workshop will teach you the skills to understand how you can explore human fears through horror writing. Packed with knowledge of how to write a good horror story, by the end of the course, you will have a basic of idea of the type of horror you’d like to write, and how to turn your ideas into written work.

Learning Outcomes:

Through group discussions, and weekly homework exercises, you will gain fundamental knowledge in the key areas listed below: 

  • The basic tropes and qualities of horror fiction

  • How to enhance your writing to instil fear into your reader¬†

  • How to incorporate horror within science fiction and fantasy¬†

  • How to master tension

  • The importance of setting in horror fiction

  • The importance of using personal experiences/feeling in horror fiction

  • The importance of character development in horror fiction

  • How to write for specific magazines.

Course Dates (4-Week Duration)

  • Wednesday 6.00pm – 8.00pm, 17 July 2019

  • Wednesday 6.00pm – 8.00pm, 24 July 2019

  • Wednesday 6.00pm – 8.00pm, 31 July 2019

  • Wednesday 6.00pm – 8.00pm, 7 August 2019


This is a craft workshop for all writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.

About Claire:

Claire Fitzpatrick is an author of speculative fiction and non-fiction. She won the 2017 Rocky Wood Award for Non-Fiction and Criticism. Called ‘Australia’s body horror specialist’ and ‘Australia’s queen of body horror‚Äô she enjoys writing about anatomy and the darker sides of humanity. Her debut collection ‘Metamorphosis’ will be published by IFWG Australia in 2019. She lives in Brisbane.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket. 

Membership will be confirmed on arrival, in the event it isn’t current, membership will need to be arranged.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary. 

Will this event be live streamed?

Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its membership regardless of where they reside within Queensland by live streaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

What’s the refund policy?

If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.
Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at

Terms and Conditions

All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.


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