Thursday 20 July | All Day
The Old Swan Hotel | Harrogate

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A day-long series of intensive crime fiction creative writing workshops focusing on how to get published.

The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival’s creative writing course for aspiring writers. Creative Thursday gives you the chance to hone your writing skills with industry professionals and real-life crime experts.

Plotting the Murder: How to Create an Engaging Crime Story- 2 hr Intensive Writing Workshop

Lesley Thomson and Greg Mosse will work with you to create an original collaborative plot, including a set of plausible suspects, a logical method of murder and a convincing wider world. In the process, they will illustrate the many ways a writer can create suspense and intrigue through the revelation of character and unexpected events. They will draw on Lesley’s superbly plotted crime novels and Greg’s long experience as editor and script consultant. As Greg says: ‘The reader is more interested in what they do not know than what they do.’

How to Create Pace and Suspense – 2 hr Intensive Writing Workshop

Whether a procedural or a psychological thriller, crime fiction is enthused with craft. All crime novels rely on key components, not least – plot, character, events, setting and prose style. It’s how you mix them together and structure a novel that will determine reader engagement and entertainment. With a close look at timelines and narrative perspective, and just when to turn a corner, the mysteries of generating suspense will be revealed. Henry Sutton is the author of ten novels, most recently Time to Win under the pseudonym Harry Brett and is Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing and Director of the new Crime Fiction MA at UEA. Louise Welsh is the author of eight novels, most recently No Dominion. She is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

How To Free Your Creativity and Get Started – 1 hr Writing Workshop

A unique seminar – part nuts-and-bolts talk, part creative workshop with exercises – from Stephen King’s British editor and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Coach Philippa Pride. Philippa is described by Hodder as having ‘a reputation as a talented spotter of new fiction, a creative editor with flair and vision, a nurturer of writers’ careers and a terrific champion of her authors both inside the business and to the outside world’. This inspirational hour will include insights into…

  • How to free your creativity, access your ideas and get started on your book
  • The value of reading like a writer
  • Whether to plan your novel before you start or just fly by the seat of your pants
  • Drawing on NLP to create compelling characters
  • The power of the senses – smelling a crime
  • How to switch off your inner critic and get in flow on cue
  • Setting goals and a writing schedule to suit your life

The Dragons’ Pen

Four brilliant publishing professionals. Two minutes to convince them your synopsis and first chapter are worth reading. One audience full of your fellow would-be writers. Our literary version of the popular TV show, the Dragons’ Den, is not for the faint-hearted.

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