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DCI Jack Harris novels are published

Check out my latest crime novels from The Book Folks, all DCI Jack Harris tales

 

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Added by John Dean on June 23, 2017 at 16:06 — No Comments

Open mic nights

The seventh season of Open Mic nights for authors will start on Thursday September 28 after the summer break.

Supported by Darlington for Culture, the nights offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it and run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.

The nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield…

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Added by John Dean on May 26, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

How to write crime fiction

We run an online crime fiction course (you can email me on deangriss@btinternet to find out more) so I thought it would be useful to look at how to write a good crime story:

 

* The story should be strong and one that can be told in a short story (most crime stories are novels)

* Create a strong sense of place - the reader must be able to…

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Added by John Dean on February 8, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Go where the idea takes you

The more I talk to writers, the more I realise the passion that they hold for their art and one subject that seems to evoke stronger reactions than most is ‘where do stories come from?’

This comes to mind because I am teaching a plotting masterclass at Greenfield Arts Centre in Newton Aycliffe on February 16. There are those writers who argue that ideas come out of real life experiences. You go through it as a writer, therefore you are able to best tell the story.

Others recoil…

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Added by John Dean on February 6, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Author launches online crime fiction course

Crime novelist and creative writing tutor John Dean has launched an online Crime Fiction Course.

John, author of 12 novels published by Robert Hale, and the creator of DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris, also runs Inscribe Media Ltd, which is based in Darlington in North East England, which will be offering the course.

The online course, which runs in eight parts and can begin at a time and date to suit the student, will help writers to improve their technique and improve…

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Added by John Dean on January 16, 2017 at 16:33 — No Comments

Open mic to b held

The season of Open Mic nights for authors will  continue on Thursday January 26..

The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.

Now in their sixth year, the nights have…

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Added by John Dean on January 16, 2017 at 16:11 — No Comments

Beginner's classes

I am doing two beginner's masterclasses at Greenfield Arts Centre in Newton Aycliffe in February and March - you can email me on deangriss@btinternet.com for details

Added by John Dean on January 16, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Creating the triangle

Good story writing depends on many things but can be boiled down to three factors, the triangle.

At the top is the narrative, a strong story, plenty of pace, a tale that enthrals the readers.

At one bottom corner is a sense of place, a strong sense of where the action is taking place.

At the other corner is a sense of being, the creation of characters strong and interesting enough to carry the story.

Get…

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Added by John Dean on October 20, 2016 at 9:57 — No Comments

Masterclasses

I am running two masterclasses as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2017

Saturday May 6

A Touch of Villainy–   Crime Fiction Masterclass

Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington 10am-4pm

Run by crime novelist John Dean, the creator of the DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series of books, this masterclass shows you how to create a crime novel

Booking in…

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Added by John Dean on October 20, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Open mic to be held

The new season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday November 24. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.

Now in their sixth year, the nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts…

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Added by John Dean on October 20, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Open mic night to be held

The Open Mic night for authors season continues on Thursday May 26 as part of Darlington Arts Festival.

The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month. Each session starts at 7pm and the cost of entry is £3 paid on the door.

More information is available from Inscribe Media Limited at…

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Added by John Dean on May 19, 2016 at 16:53 — No Comments

Crime and thriller writers in conversation

Darlington Arts Festival has seen a new series of events this year in the form of three In Conversation With… events featuring published authors. The third and final one is

Monday May 23 In Conversation with …..crime and thriller writers Mike Beck, Roger Barnes, Bud Craig and Pam Plumb, the final evening in the festival’s In Conversation With published writers series. Crown Street Library 7pm

Chaired by crime writer…

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Added by John Dean on May 19, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

Chance to nominate your favourite crime writer

The UK-based Crime Writers’ Association has asked book lovers across the nation to nominate their favourite crime authors for the 2016 Dagger In The Library award.

This literary prize is a unique part of the Dagger Awards because the nominations are made by crime readers and are in celebration of an author’s entire body of work, not just one individual book.

The CWA continues to be inspired by readers, who flock to libraries to devour crime books. The Dagger In The Library was…

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Added by John Dean on November 11, 2015 at 8:34 — No Comments

Don't waste your good ideas

Sometimes, I find myself telling a student that they ‘have given their idea’ away, by which I mean that the idea for a story is a really good one but that it has been wasted.

For instance, I worked with a writer with…

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Added by John Dean on September 3, 2015 at 13:49 — No Comments

Don't waste your good ideas

Sometimes, I find myself telling a student that they ‘have given their idea’ away, by which I mean that the idea for a story is a really good one but that it has been wasted.

For instance, I worked with a writer with…

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Added by John Dean on September 3, 2015 at 13:49 — No Comments

Don't waste your good ideas

Sometimes, I find myself telling a student that they ‘have given their idea’ away, by which I mean that the idea for a story is a really good one but that it has been wasted.

For instance, I worked with a writer with…

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Added by John Dean on September 3, 2015 at 13:49 — No Comments

In praise of young writers

Returning to my occasional theme of young writers, we run an open mic for writers in our home town of Darlington (next one Thursday September 24, Voodoo Café, 7pm) and several of the writers who read from time to time are teenagers.…

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Added by John Dean on September 3, 2015 at 13:35 — No Comments

Mentoring support for writers

Novelist John Dean is running an online mentoring and writing workshops programme for aspiring authors.

John, who is based in Darlington, in County Durham, North East England, and has had twelve crime novels…

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Added by John Dean on August 28, 2015 at 11:07 — No Comments

Getting crime fiction right

Following the news that we are to run an online crime fiction course (details on the home page) I thought it would be useful to look at how to write a good crime story:

* The story should be strong and one that can be told in a short story (most crime stories are novels)

* Create a strong sense of place - the reader must be able to visualise where the action happens

* Create strong characters - do not stray into cliché, make our…

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Added by John Dean on August 28, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Tackling the tough stuff

I was telling someone about my crime writing the other day and it made me sound a right ghoul, reflecting on horrible themes as I do.

However, the more I…

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Added by John Dean on August 28, 2015 at 10:46 — No Comments

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