Crime Fiction

The essentials of murder and mayhem

Monday September 9th - Saturday September 14th 2019

The Hurst

This week will cover the essentials of good crime writing: how to come up with an original and convincing plot, develop compelling characters, deliver realistic dialogue, manage pace, setting and narrative techniques. We will also make suggestions as to how to incorporate factual crimes into fictional stories. While ideal for those who already have a criminal idea they want to put on the page, this week will also help those who know they want to write in the genre but are uncertain how to get started.

Single room price: £835

This course is available half-price for Arvon 18-25 members and benefits-related concessions.

COURSE TUTORS

The Hurst front

The Hurst

The Hurst is a place you can write, far away from daily distractions. The house and gardens, surrounded by the forest-covered Shropshire Hills, were the former home of playwright John Osborne.

THE COURSE AT A GLANCE

Writing course tutor delivering a workshop at Lumb Bank

Monday

Arrive late afternoon, settle in, enjoy dinner and the tutors’ introduction to the week in the evening.

one-to-one tutorial at Lumb Bank

Tuesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. Tutors read from their work in the evening.

Course participants writing at the workshop table at The Hurst

Wednesday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. In the evening a guest speaker joins the group.

Course participant writing on a sofa in the barn at Lumb Bank

Thursday

Morning workshops led by tutors. Afternoons are your time for writing and one-to-one tutorials. You are free to spend this evening as you wish.

A woman smiling and listening to a writing tutor speak at Lumb Bank

Friday

Tutors lead the final workshops in the morning. In the evening everyone gets together to share and celebrate their work.

Course participants eating at The Hurst

Saturday

The week comes to a close after breakfast. Have a tissue handy to say your farewells to the group.

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