Crime fiction is one of the best selling genres and the most borrowed from public libraries. I’ve seen quite a few authors either change genres or now write in multiple genres. It looks like the popularity of this genre is a trend that is set to stay. I’m always more than happy to help promote any genre, which is why I couldn’t resist sharing with you information about the Killer Weekend taking place 28th and 29th October 2017.
If you want to write a crime novel, you have an idea but don’t know what to do with it, you would like to know more about getting published or you’re keen to pitch your idea to top editors and agents this is the weekend for you.
The Killer Weekend offers practical workshops, exclusive masterclasses and pitch sessions given by top crime writers, publishers and agents, plus exclusive one-to-ones with experts in police procedure, criminal justice and forensics. For Weekend ticket holders there’s an Exclusive Saturday evening drinks reception too!
With workshops titled How to Create Suspense, How to Create Your Character, Writing/Beginnings and Endings, Making a Murderer and An Introduction to Crime Writing, the Killer Weekend sounds like a literary heaven 🙂
Here’s more about the Killer Woman Killer Weekend event:
WHEN: Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th
WHERE: Brown’s Courtrooms, 82-84 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden London WC2N 4AG
WHAT TIME: Registration from 9am, workshops and masterclasses throughout the day 10-6. Mix and mingle on Saturday 6.30-8pm
WHO: You and some of the best crime writers, publishers and agents in the business
Kate Rhodes is the author of the acclaimed Alice Quentin crime series and will be running a workshop designed to help budding novelists write a crime novel. Kate says:
‘This workshop is a fun, practical session. It provides plenty of essential tricks of the trade, from creating a unique title to writing a mini-synopsis, which will help you plot your tale. It will also help you decide on the style of narrative that will work best for your particular story. I hope this workshop’s short and focused writing tasks will get your creative juices flowing and build your confidence to complete your first book.’
An Introduction to Crime Writing with Kate Rhodes is on Saturday 10.00-11.00
Psychological crime writer, Laura Wilson, will be sharing her award-winning writing tips on how to create the ultimate murderer:
‘Insufficient or non-existent motives; implausible characters who are either stick figures, straw men or downright repellent; improbable recounting of evil deeds; giving up too easily at the end… sound familiar? Murderers and villains can be just as hard to get right as heroes. If you are having trouble with your bad guy, then this is the workshop for you. Using exercises and photographic prompts, I will explore ways of creating credible, three-dimensional killers from scratch, avoiding stereotypes, and ensuring that your characters have adequate and plausible motivation for their actions.’
Making a Murderer Workshop with Laura Wilson is on Saturday 12.30-13.30
Julia Crouch, the ‘mistress of the twisted plot’, will be running a workshop focused on plotting. She said:
‘I’ll be taking you through some basic plot theory and will reveal how I apply it to my own work to create mystery, intrigue and suspense, including a sneaky peek at the structures behind my latest work-in-progress. Be prepared to view post-its, coloured marker pens, sticky dots, embroidery thread and computer software in a completely new light. You will leave with new knowledge and a kit to build your own plot from a newspaper story.’
Julia’s recommended reading is James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure and Alexandra Sokoloff’s Stealing Hollywood.
Plotting Workshop with Julia Crouch is on Saturday 14.30-15.30
Melanie McGrath, the award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction and a cofounder of Killer Women, is giving a masterclass in creating characters. She said:
‘I’ll be showing you how to create convincing and compelling characters. You’ll discover easy, effective techniques for character development and how to use relationships between characters, story and setting to really make a character stand out. We’ll cover likeable and unlikeable characters and stand-alone and series characters. I’ll be showing you how to avoid the five most common pitfalls. This is a practical class. Be prepared for solo and team exercises to help you create two characters of your own from scratch.’
Join Melanie for a ‘How to Create Your Character’ workshop on Sunday 11.15-12.15
Rachel Abbott, the UK’s no.1 bestselling independent author on Amazon’s Kindle will be sharing her secrets on how she creates suspense in her psychological thrillers. She said: ‘To create suspense we have to make our readers into secret observers. The clues must be visible and build from paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter. As writers, readers must know about the scary house in the woods with the dark basement, and then be lead to the inevitable moment when they have no choice but to walk down the creaky stairs to discover what is hiding there. I’ll show you how to get them into the basement before the door slams behind them and they see the meat hooks hanging from the ceiling…’
How to Create Suspense with Rachel Abbott is on Sunday 15.45-16.45
Kate Medina, author of the highly acclaimed novels White Crocodile and Fire Damage will be running a worksop on writing the beginning and ending of your novel. She said:
‘How do you write a killer opening line? How do you turn that line into a killer first paragraph, a killer first page? How do you hook your reader and make them want to read on? And what about endings? Have you ever read a book that you’ve loved, but been disappointed by the ending? What leaves readers satisfied and desperate to read more of what you have written? The most important parts of any novel are the beginning and ending, so join me, Kate Median, to learn how to nail them.’
Beginnings and Endings with Kate Medina is on Saturday 17.00-18.00
NJ Cooper, author of more than thirty novels, whose novel Vengeance in Mind was shortlisted for the Gold Dagger in 2012 will be sharing techniques to add suspense to your novel. She says:
‘Suspense is important in any work of fiction from the most literary to the most commercial and it is crucial to successful crime writing. Wonderful prose, ideal characterisation and evocative settings are all desirable, but if readers don’t want to turn your pages you risk wasting your time and talent. I will be using Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to show how a master dealt with the fundamentals of generating suspense, and we will look at ways in which you can structure your novel to achieve maximum tension, right down to the construction of your sentences.’
How to create suspense with N J Cooper is on Saturday 15.45-16.45
Erin Kelly, author of Sunday Times bestseller He Said/She said will be running a workshop on how to openings to hook your reader and endings that make them eager for more. She says:
‘In my workshop you will learn how to write a killer opening that sets the scene and asks all the right questions that will keep the reader turning the pages. We will talk about how to get rid of backstory that’s cluttering up those precious first chapters to make the drama seem as ‘live’ as possible, and finally how to craft an ending that solves the mystery, surprises and satisfies, and leaves the reader longing for the next book.