Sharpen your pen, hone your writing skills and be inspired by a full day of crime-writing advice and tips with our Crime Writing Masterclass.
GRAEME MACRAE BURNET: THE CRAFT OF CRIME WRITING
The 2018 keynote will be delivered by Graeme Macrae Burnet who is the author of three novels, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, the Man Booker shortlisted His Bloody Project and The Accident on the A35. He was born in Kilmarnock and has lived and worked in Prague, Porto, Bordeaux and London. He has an MA in English Literature/Film Studies from Glasgow University and an M.Litt in International Security Studies from St Andrews. He was named ‘Author of the Year’ at the 2017 Sunday Herald Culture Awards.
A K BENEDICT: BRING YOUR PROSE TO LIFE
An immersive workshop that will add authenticity, sparkle and individuality to your writing and help you stand out from the crowd. A K Benedict, prize-winning writer of fiction, poetry and radio drama, will lead you through exercises that awaken awareness of the senses and stimulate a fresh way of looking at words and the world. A K Benedict read English at Cambridge and studied creative writing
at Sussex. She composed film and television soundtracks, as well as performing as a musician before becoming a full-time writer in 2012. She now writes novels, drama, poetry and short stories, and lives in St Leonards-on-Sea with her dog, Dame Margaret Rutherford.
ALISON BELSHAM AND LORNA HILL: WRITING A SYNOPSIS AND PITCH MASTERCLASS
This hands-on, interactive workshop will equip aspiring writers with all the tools they need to effectively write an effective synopsis and pitch.
Lorna and Alison will give pointers about what makes a good premise and synopsis offering writing exercises and examples to hone your work. Alison is the author of The Tattoo Thief (Trapeze, May 2018) which she pitched in 2016 at the Pitch Perfect event at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival and was judged the winner. Lorna is an expert on women and crime fiction and her PhD research focused on writers including Val McDermid and Lin Anderson. She teaches creative writing at university level and runs community
based bibliotherapy projects.
THE DAY ALSO INCLUDES A PANEL ON CURRENT CRIME MARKET TRENDS
Featuring Jade Chandler (Editorial Director, Crime and Thriller Fiction at Harvill Secker), Phil Patterson (an agent at Marjacq) and Moira Forsyth (Editorial Director of Sandstone Press) and chaired by Professor Claire Squires (Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling).
MASTERCLASS ATTENDEES WILL ALSO RECEIVE:
A free ticket to opening event Val McDermid and Denise Mina and 10% discount on all other Bloody Scotland 2018 tickets.
Price includes lunch and refreshments.
Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.
EARLY BIRD BOOKING (Until 1st August): £90/£80
The Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Masterclass is held in partnership with the University of Stirling’s Creative Writing team, and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication.
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