GHOST: Story writing with Mark Gatiss

  • Dartington Hall
  • December 7 - 11
  • 17:00 - 11:00
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PLEASE NOTE that this course is currently shortlisting for applications. Please see below to find out how to apply.

Mark Gatiss is never one to shy away from scaring viewers out of their wits. His dark humour appears throughout his stellar writing career, with credits including the League of Gentlemen, Sherlock, Dracula, and many others.

In this course, we are delighted to offer you the opportunity to join Mark and other tutors for a week of horror writing in the rather thrilling 14th century setting of Dartington Hall – and to create some terrifying tales of your own.

Course programme
On this five-day course you’ll be with a group of writers, working with two tutors, from Monday to Thursday.

Each morning the tutors lead workshops to help you explore ideas, forms and techniques. You are invited to use chosen venues across the estate for inspiration.
Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials to consider your writing in depth. You’ll have two tutorials (at least 20 minutes long), one with each tutor.
On Monday you’ll arrive between 4.30pm and 6pm, settle in, enjoy dinner and attend the tutors’ introduction to the week and watch ghost stories written by Mark Gatiss.
On Tuesday evening the tutors read from their own work, and on Wednesday evening the guest writer will read from his own work in a public talk in The Great Hall, which course participants can attend for free.
On Thursday evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.
Departure is on Friday morning, after breakfast.

How to apply
With interest in this course expected to be high, we are ensuring course selection is a fair and transparent process.

Steps for applicants:

1. Click here to submit a sample of your written work (up to 6,000 characters) for our tutors to review. Deadline: 5 October.

2. Mark Gatiss will review submitted work and select the most suitable applicants for the course. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 October and asked to pay the course fee in full at that point.

What does the course fee include?
The course fee includes full board accommodation. All meals – made with fresh, locally-sourced produce by our award-winning team – and accommodation are included.

Dinner will be provided on Monday, three meals a day Tue-Thu, and breakfast on Friday morning before departure. These communal meals are a vital part of the learning experience and we strongly recommend you attend them.

You’ll stay in one of our beautiful rooms, which have all the character and personality you’d expect, but not at the expense of comfort. With easy access to our wider estate, they are the perfect place to relax and recharge.

– Four nights of accommodation are included in the course fee, with participants arriving on Monday 7 Dec and departing on Friday 11 Dec.
– Check-in for all rooms is from 3pm on the day of arrival
– Check-out for all departures is 11am on the day of departure