Author and Scriptwriter

'Among the most important writers of contemporary British horror.' -Ramsey Campbell


I've done workshops at young writers' festivals, conventions and writer's retreats.

I'm available to give workshops on writing horror or just writing generally.  If you're interested, you can contact me here.

Below are a few testimonials from workshop attendees...

"Simon Bestwick's workshop was a great experience: informative, inclusive and well run. Normally so good at making normal things seem scary, here he made something that seemed scary - reading aloud to a group - fun." -James Everington.

"I loved the horror writing workshop at the festival. That was the highlight for me. Really pleased with what I came up with too."  -Dan Hardy, Rotherham Young Writers.

"It's absolutely great having a writer of this level, skill and enthusiasm coming in to talk to and work with the young writers. They have been totally inspired by all the great tips and insights Simon has shared. Hope to work with him again soon."  -Vicky Morris, Workshop Leader of Sheffield and Rotherham Young Writers.

“I had the peculiar fortune to be shut away in the depths of a dank and freezing Derbyshire on a horror writing residential when I met Simon. He led a workshop that was at once both thought provoking, and enlightening for me as a relative newbie to the horror genre. In spite of the subject matter the workshop was relaxed and fun with plenty of laughter. We searched for the monster inside ourselves; so much better than looking for heroes I think…

Simon is knowledgeable and experimental; he inspired all of the participants to give their best and fostered this through his warm and generous reassurance and praise. I came away from the workshop, and the whole weekend, feeling ten feet tall and motivated to write like never before. Since then I have had my first short story accepted for publication thanks to what I learned that weekend, and also to Simon’s on-going encouragement. If you ever have an opportunity to take one of Simon’s workshops, I say do it. You won’t regret it!” -Jeannie Alderdice.

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