Cambridge Ghost Writers
Three new ghost stories to be performed
In the Corpus Playroom
7th – 11th December 2021
Ever wanted to try your hand at writing a ghost story?
This is the project for you!
Deadline to register Sunday 23rd May 2021
(You’ll need to be available for virtual workshops on Sat 29th and Sun 30th May)
The end of lockdown is in sight and we have an exciting opportunity for our members, the chance to write a short ghost story that will be performed at the end of the year! Up to thirty writers will have the opportunity to participate. To aid in the writing process, participants will receive a full day workshop on the horror genre from an industry professional, a briefing on existing Cambridge ghost stories, and a reading from actors halfway through the writing process. Three scripts will then be selected to feature in our new production to be developed, rehearsed and performed at the Corpus Playroom.
The development process will consist of six stages:
The Weekend Workshops
We will host a weekend that will consist of two days of workshops (delivered over Zoom) that will give you all the tools you need to write your stories for the play.
Saturday 29th May – The Horror Workshop
A full-day workshop on writing horror led by Ian Long, a professional writer who teaches for Euroscript:
The workshop will cover aspects of writing horror including:
- EMOTIONS – ANGER, HUMILATION
- MAKING AND BREAKING PATTERNS
- HOMES AND LAIRS – LOCATIONS
- HOME INVASION
- THE ABJECT & SOCIAL POLLUTION
- WHY ARE CHILDREN SCARY?
- FOLK HORROR, MYTHS & LEGENDS
- THE UNCANNY
- TABOO AND TRANSGRESSION
- HOW RITES OF PASSAGE APPLY TO HORROR
- SUPERNATURAL HORROR
- THE UNDEAD – NEW TWISTS ON GHOSTS, VAMPIRES & ZOMBIES
- THE HUMAN MONSTER
- BODY HORROR
- SOCIOPOLITICAL ASPECTS OF HORROR
Sunday 30th May – Stimulus Workshop
Existing Cambridge Ghost Stories
We will look at existing ghost stories from Cambridge, which you may use as inspiration.
Outlining the Process
We will outline the process going forward and the limitations you need to take into consideration when writing.
We will give a presentation about what is possible technically in the Playroom, i.e. in terms of sound, lighting, set, special effects etc.
The First Writing Stage
You will have two months to write the first draft of your short ghost story. Your story will need to be about 15 minutes long.
We will have a private reading of all the scripts (on Zoom, a table read or a read of the scripts on their feet, dependent on current restrictions) to help you see what is and isn’t working about your story.
You will then have about one month to polish your script based on what you learned from the readings.
A small panel of WRiTEON readers will then read all the final scripts that have been submitted and select three to feature in the final performance. Selection will be based both on quality and how the three scripts may compliment each other (i.e. no repetition and a good mixture of ages & genders in the characters).
- Rehearsals and Performance
The play will then be cast and rehearsed over two months. Richard McNally (Seven Words for Love, Butterfly Effect, Blood Music) will direct the production. The production will be fully-staged i.e. lines learnt with full set, props & costumes.
How to Take Part
Participants must be a member of WRiTEON and must pay a £20 fee to take part. The £20 fee is to cover the cost of the workshop from Ian Long. Please ensure that you are available on Sat 29th and Sun 30th May to attend the workshops.
To enrol in the project, please send an email to: