50 Shades of Crime!
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
LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.