Crime and thriller writing masterclass

Starting in: 28 Days 21 Hours 2 Mins

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Join us on Monday, March 20 for our next Crime Club event where our expert panel will guide you through the entire process of producing a successful crime novel.

The masterclass will give all guests access to each of the panel in small groups, so there will be plenty of opportunity to have your specific questions answered.

There will also be canapés and wine, a bookstore with the authors on hand for signing, and at the end of the session all participants will receive a handout with further tips and information to inspire and guide your writing career, as well as a Crime Club goodie bag.

The panel
Jane Gregory is a literary agent who counts Val McDermid, Minette Walters, Belinda Bauer and Mo Hayder among her clients at Gregory & Company Authors Agents and is a founder of the annual Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. Jane will advise on what an agent does, what she's looking for, where she finds it, how to approach her and other agents, and how agent and author need to work together to sell a writer's work to a publisher.

Julia Wisdom is a publisher for bestselling authors including Stuart MacBride, S J Parris, Simon Toyne and Karin Slaughter. In 2015 she launched Killer Reads, the HarperCollins digital-first imprint for new authors.

Julia can tell you what publishers want and don't want, the current trends in the genre and whether you should follow them, and about the digital route to the public - and to a publishing deal. 

Henry Sutton, lecturer and writer, is co-director of the University of East Anglia’s Prose Fiction MA and also runs the university’s new MA in Crime Fiction. He is the author of nine previous novels and Time to Kill, the first of his new crime series under the pseudonym Harry Brett, will be published in April.

Henry will concentrate on character and the process: structure, craft and technique.

Charles Cumming is the author of eight spy thrillers, the first of which was based on his own experiences with MI6. Charles will share his ideas about turning fact into fiction, and how to write from both experience and imagination

Charles will share his ideas about turning fact into fiction, and how to write from both experience and imagination, to retain authenticity within a pulse-quickening plot.

Sophie Hannah is an international bestseller whose books have been translated into 32 languages. Her intricate psychological thriller The Carrier was Crime Book of the Year at the National Book Awards in 2013. With the blessing of the Agatha Christie estate she has also written two brand-new Hercule Poirot novels. 

Sophie will discuss what the modern writer can learn from Agatha Christie, and what works – and what doesn’t work – to create a successful psychological thriller.

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