Crime Intensive Weekend Masterclass with Claire McGowan

Learn how to write a compelling and gripping crime novel that will attract interest from agents and editors in the commercial fiction market.

Do you want to write – and sell – a crime novel? This workshop will teach you the key skills you need, including:

– Choosing a marketable idea that fits the genre
– Developing a compelling lead character (perhaps with the potential to carry a series)
– Structuring a strong plot full of twists and turns
– Creating gripping and suspenseful prose that will hook your reader from the start
– How to find motivation and finish your novel
– How to get published

What will you do on the course?

The weekend masterclass will consist of a mixture of lecture and seminar work on key skills, insight into the crime fiction market, guided writing exercises to develop technique such as building suspense, characterisation, dialogue, and more.

Ideally, participants should have some familiarity with the UK crime fiction market. It would be helpful to have read several crime novels that have been published in 2018.

Who is it for?

This masterclass is aimed at writers who already have some understanding of the crime fiction genre and have perhaps already embarked on writing a crime novel and want some guidance and encouragement.

About Spread the Word’s discounted rates and terms and conditions 

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here. If you are a London Writers Network member please login to receive your discount.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

If you’d like to read our terms and conditions before booking, you can do so here or they are at the bottom of every page of our website.

Claire McGowan

Masterclass Tutor

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Claire McGowan is the author of the highly-acclaimed Paula Maguire series of crime novels. The latest in the series, The Killing House, was described by the Sunday Mirror as a ‘mix of complex characterisation and sweat-inducing excitement, offering a new level of chilling thrills.’

The author grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland and now lives in London, where she ran the Crime Writing MA at City University London for five years. She now teaches for organisations including Arvon, The Guardian and Queen’s University Belfast.

Claire also writes women's fiction under the name Eva Woods.

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