Creative Thursday 2014

Get Inspired: Book Your Place Today

We are delighted that booking is now open for Creative Thursday 2014.

The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s creative writing course for aspiring writers. Creative Thursday gives you the chance to hone your novel and short story writing skills with a day-long programme of workshops and seminars led by best-selling crime writers, publishing industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

2014 Creative Thursday
Day – Thursday 17 July
Time – 9am – 5.30pm
Price – £109 per person

Creative Thursday returns, packed full of fantastic workshops and interactive sessions to get your creative juices flowing, including:

  • Last Orders – How To Create A MurdererLaura Wilson will show you, with the aid of a series of unusual photographic prompts, how to create memorable, psychologically complex villains with plausible motives.
  • Getting Started – Tutor Melanie McGrath, will focus on exercises to get you started on your crime idea. Learn how to come up with original story scenarios hand in hand with developing believable characters then develop your scenarios into full length stories through an understanding of classic story structure.
  • Modern Day Detective – Join leading detective trainer Ian Sales, who will put you through your paces in this highly interactive session. Exploring the complexity, the procedure and the associated pressure of running a modern day investigation, as well as the culture of the police, will really give that edgy realism and intensity to your writing

And finally…The Dragons Pen – Dare you enter?

Four brilliant publishing professionals: Jane Gregory of Gregory and Company; Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group; Crime editor at Faber & Faber, Katherine Armstrong; and Publisher for Transworld Publishers, Bill Scott-Kerr. Two minutes to convince them your synopsis and first chapter are worth reading. One audience full of your fellow would-be writers watching how you fare. But be prepared… it takes a lot to impress our Dragons!

For more information or to book your place contact the festival office on 01423 562 303 or email