Workshops

This year we have exciting workshops from three amazing writers: Duncan Campbell, Jacob Ross and Elizabeth Haynes.

Each workshop runs twice so that you can find a time to suit your schedule. Sessions cost just £35 and take place online via Zoom.

Exploring True Crime

This workshop is fully booked!

Join Duncan Campbell, crime writer and former crime correspondent for the Guardian, as he reveals the rewards and pitfalls of this explosive and popular genre. You will explore the best of true crime writing, past and present, from Truman Capote to Gordon Burn to Janet Malcolm; will look at different ways to investigate and write about crime, whether major or minor; and discuss possible publishing and broadcasting routes. 

Duncan has reported on the most infamous UK true crime cases of the past 50 years, from the Rosemary West trial to the Hatton Garden heist. Whether you are new to the genre or have some writing experience, this workshop offers an essential snapshot of how to approach your true crime project.

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Choose your session:

10am Saturday 12 September

2pm Saturday 12 September

Writing Credible Characters

This workshop is fully booked!

The key to a successful crime novel is often in the creation of fascinating and sympathetic characters. Join Jacob Ross, author of The Bone Readers (Jhalak Prize 2017) and Black Rain Falling, as he explores techniques and approaches to developing unique memorable characters – from protagonists and antagonists to ‘walk-ons’ – and their uses in progressing and adding interest to your novel. He will also touch on plotting and structure, as well asking the question: what makes crime writing so appealing, and what is its purpose?

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Choose your session:

10am Friday 11 September

2pm Sunday 13 September

Researching for Historical Fiction

This workshop is fully booked!

To join the waiting list please email info@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

Build the fundamental skills needed to research and write a historical crime novel with Elizabeth Haynes, the award-winning author of Into the Darkest Corner and The Murder of Harriet Monckton. In this online workshop, Elizabeth will offer insight and advice on setting your characters in a historical time and place, how to manage research, getting the balance of historical setting vs story, and more. The workshop will use examples from the nineteenth century, but is applicable to any historical period.

Elizabeth’s most recent novel The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a masterclass of suspense set in Victorian England and inspired by a real-life murder inquiry. The Sunday Times called it ‘a thoroughly absorbing whodunnit, with an unexpected conclusion. Haynes’ novel is also a touching portrait of a young woman unjustly stigmatised by the prejudices of her day.’

This online workshop will take place online via Zoom. Instructions will be sent to you a few days in advance.

Choose your session:

3pm Friday 11 September

11am Sunday 13 September

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