Have you ever fancied yourself as a crime writer? Or wondered how the red herrings are thrown in and clues scattered throughout the prose? Renowned author William Ryan will reveal all at our Crime-writing workshop in The Beacon, Wantage, on Saturday, November 1.
Using a mixture of presentations and workshop exercises, attendees will learn to construct interesting and complex characters from scratch and then use them to develop the plot of a crime novel – all in the space of an afternoon.
Ryan’s practical and entertaining workshops for the Guardian and literary and crime festivals (including Harrogate and Iceland Noir) have been much praised by attendees from absolute beginners to published authors – and may be just the thing to kick-start your crime writing career.
William Ryan is an Irish writer living in London. His novels – The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department – are set in 1930s Moscow at the height of Stalin’s Terror. They have been shortlisted for a number of writing awards, including two Crime Writer’s Association Daggers. The Twelfth Department was a Guardian Crime Novel of the Year. William teaches Crime Writing at City University and spends much of his time chasing around after his three-year-old son.
- Matthew Hall has regretfully had to pull out of the workshop due to a domestic emergency.
Saturday, November 1. 2:00pm until 5:00pm. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £30