Crime Writing Workshops

Welcome to my online crime writing workshops. Together, these workshops provide a comprehensive guide to becoming a successful crime fiction writer. They cover, among other things, understanding the market, deciding what to write, approaches to plotting and character, avoiding clichés, and the importance of location in crime fiction.
They also look at the practical side of writing: networking with other writers, submitting to agents and getting published.

Workshops

The workshops are published below. A new workshop is published on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.

The workshops are completely free. If you’d like to take part, simply subscribe using the 'sign up' box on the left and you’ll receive an email alert each time a new workshop is published. If you have any other questions, then please feel free to contact me directly: Contact Sheila

I also offer a range of writing services, including editing, synopsis advice and mentoring. Full details available here: Writing services

Workshop five: getting the first draft done

Objectives:

  • How to get a first draft done quickly
  • Thinking about what’s important (and what’s not) for the first draft.

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Monday
15
April 2013
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Workshop four: crime fiction clichés and how to avoid them

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of clichés in crime fiction
  • Think about how you can avoid clichés in your own writing

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Thursday
28
March 2013
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Workshop Three: Stand alone or series?

Objectives:

  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of writing a series
  • Make a decision about your novel  – will it be the first in a series or a stand-alone novel?

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Thursday
14
March 2013
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Workshop Two: Getting started

Objectives:

· Overcome obstacles that prevent you from writing
· Get the first draft of your novel down on paper

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Thursday
28
February 2013
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Workshop One: Know the genre

Objectives:

· Understand the market
· Understand where your work fits into this

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Friday
08
February 2013
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