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50 Shades of Crime!

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Louise Phillips

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View from Carousel Creates Crime Writing Workshop


Last Saturday on a beautiful sunny morning in the Dublin Mountains, I met an amazing bunch of crime writers at Carousel Creates workshop. Having a secret ambition to be a teacher from when I was a child, I apologise if  I slipped from being a facilitator to a bossy teacher at times!!

We had a jam-packed day, starting out with the essential elements of crime writing, followed by crime scene/forensic evaluation, and the ‘why and how’ of research. After that we all had  a well earned lunch at the beautiful Carousel Writing Retreat, and were able to step outside and enjoy a mountain view filled with bird song and crime writers chatting.

After lunch there was no room for any slackers (there were none!), as we embarked on getting to grips with dialogue, and an exercise which evolved changing gender, age, temperament and point of view, all with a view to creating effective dialogue/characters. We had a ghost called Sarah who infiltrated the writing exercise earlier in the morning, being replaced by the influence of 50 shades of crime in the writing material!! You know who you are 🙂 Much earned coffee/tea followed, after which we looked at  pitching your novel, learning about the current market, and finally for those fun loving creative souls within the group, how to make your own novel trailer!

All in all it was a fab day, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially meeting such a talented and enthusiastic bunch of people.

We will run the workshop again later in the year, so keep an eye out for that!

I’ll be doing a shorter workshop as part of World Book Night at Tallaght library this week. It is  booked up already, but again I’ll keep you posted of upcoming events.

Finally, thanks to Carolann Copeland of Carousel Creates for all her amazing work on the day.

You can contact Carousel Creates HERE


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