In this session, participants will have the chance to explore the history and origins of Gothic fiction, the tenets of what makes something Gothic, and how to write in the field through a host of practical exercises. With an illustrious history and cross-genre appeal, the Gothic is an exciting area for writers with a huge range of possibilities for new ideas and wonderful stories.
Explore the history of Gothic fiction, including some of the main classic and recent titles
Establish the qualities, archetypes and tropes that exist within Gothic fiction
Look at how these qualities can be delivered as well as how they might be broken within the genre, or to expand beyond the genre
Investigate the importance of atmosphere and setting with Gothic fiction
About Alex Davies
Alex Davis is a writer, lecturer, tutor and events organiser based in Derby. As a tutor, he has run over 30 courses and a wide range of individual writing workshops around the East Midlands, as well as a spell as Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby. As an event organiser, he coordinates the annual genre fiction festivals Edge-Lit and Sledge-Lit in his capacity as Literature Officer for Derby’s QUAD venue. He also copy-edits and proofreads for a range of mainstream and independent presses.