May 12

Ghost Stories: Writing Group Session

Ghost Stories: Writing Group Session


Before the session members should read ‘Writing Ghost Stories‘ for ideas and suggestions which they may find helpful.

Ghost, Ghosts, Night, Creepy, Spooky, Moon, Funny, Cute

As well as short stories and longer novels, spooky stories lend themselves well to poetry. Poetry allows the use of enigmatic and allusive passages through figurative  language; similes and metaphor, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia are all wonderful techniques for creating atmosphere:

‘The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon stormy seas’

    The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes


‘Oh slim and slimy

Or grim and grimy

Are the animals of the sea’

   Grim and Grimy by James Reeves


You can use all of these effectively in prose too but they can appear overdone if not used skilfully. They work particularly well in poetry.



Write a short ghost story, or the introduction to a longer story, or you may choose to write it as a poem.

Think first about what it is going to be about. It is useful to actually jot down some ideas.

Think about language and perhaps write down a few descriptive words or alliterative groupings that might be useful. You may not use them in the end but they might help you to get closer to the language and atmosphere of your story or poem before you start.


Share and discuss.


Category:Group Sessions, Poetry. Tags:Creative writing, Poetry, Language, Imagination, Power of words



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