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Mentoring programmes

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshop programme for aspiring authors. John, who is base…

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0 Feb 7

Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings

Weekend writing workshop – taking inspiration from your surroundings Writers! Fancy writing in a house on a hill? Looking to learn more ab…

Started by John Dean

0 Feb 4, 2019

Libraries Champions

John is one of the new Libraries Champions based in England, Scotland and Wales, appointed by The Crime Writers’ Association in Summer 2018…

Started by John Dean

0 Sep 12, 2018

Blizzard series

I have read a number of the Blizzard series on Kindle—Strange Littke Girl,The Railway Man, The Secrets Man and The Long Dead. Got The Latch…

Started by Deborah Kaback

1 Aug 8, 2018
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Creating something special

For me, there are plenty of examples of stories which are well written - well-crafted and technically competent. Often, they are very, very…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16, 2018

Creating intrigue

Good short stories and novels are often written by writers that have a keen understanding of the need to intrigue the reader by creating te…

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0 Mar 16, 2018

Getting it right from the beginning

One of my students came up with a cracking first line the other day and it got me thinking about one of my favourite topics. A busy and har…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16, 2018

How to create characters

A lot of my teaching focuses on characters (they are at the heart of my classes, they are, after all, our major tools as writers). So how d…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16, 2018

What makes good writing?

What makes good writing? I think good writing is good writing because it triggers responses in its readers. Readers say ‘I have been in tha…

Started by John Dean

0 Mar 16, 2018

Where do ideas come from?

I’ve been doing a lot of teaching, and giving talks, on the idea of ideas lately and came across these excellent quotes. ·         People a…

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0 Mar 16, 2018

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Bringing the past to life

I have written before about the way that characters evolve and I am being given a striking example of that the more that I write of the latest DCI Jack Harris novel.Main characters fall into two categories – rounded (also known as changing or dynamic) who change throughout the story, and static (flat) characters who don’t. Both can work well as techniques. For the latter,…See More
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Gus Keane is back!

Delighted that my good friend Bud Craig has had his latest crime novel published by The Book Folks.Making A Killing is a British murder mystery featuring Private Investigator Gus Keane, the fourth book in which he has featured. The ebook is available now, the paperback will come in a few days.In the novel, a private detective’s investigation into an affair hots up when…See More
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