FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS

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NOIRELAND Crime Writing Workshops

Is there a crime novel burning inside you waiting to get out? Have you always wanted to write a crime drama but not known where to start?  Well we’re here to help! NOIRELAND is running a day of workshops on Friday 27 October to help hone your writing skills and craft your tale whether it’s for the page or screen.

Workshop attendees will also receive a free ticket to the opening night party and a NOIRELAND goody bag.
Places on both the screenwriting and novel-writing workshops are limited, so please book your place early to avoid disappointment.


Friday 27

Crimewriting Workshops:
SCREENPLAYS

10:00-17:00

(Includes breaks)

* £60 concession rate applies to students, unwaged, those aged 65 and over.


10:00-13:00   STORYTELLING

Henry Swindell will provide an overview of scriptwriting, providing his top tips for writing television drama. Helping you understand what is a story, and how you can tell it through your script. 

Henry Richard Swindell is a producer at Artists Studios. He develops high end TV drama series for all the major UK broadcasters. Henry was formally Senior Script Executive, BBC Northern Ireland Drama, and is also responsible for Script Editor Training across the BBC. 

 

14:00-17:00    WATCHING THE DETECTIVES

In the afternoon workshop Eoin McNamee will focus on crime writing for the screen. Covering topics including structure, plot, character and texture.

Alongside his award-winning crime novels Eoin McNamee has forged an outstanding reputation for screenwriting. He adapted his acclaimed novel Resurrection Men for the screen and has also written scripts for the Welsh TV drama Hinterland and the Michael Winterbottom film I Want You.

 


Friday 27

Crimewriting Workshops:
NOVELS

10:00-17:00

(Includes breaks)

* £60 concession rate applies to students, unwaged, those aged 65 and over.


10:00-13:00    A NOVEL IN THREE ACTS

Gerard Brennan will begin the day by introducing you to some of the fundamentals of writing a crime novel. From plotting, writing a crime character and then on to creating a three act structure for your novel.

Gerard Brennan recently earned his PhD in Creative Writing from Queen’s University Belfast. His publishing credits include Undercover (2014), Wee Rockets (2012) and The Point (2011); winner of the Spinetingler Award for Best Novella in 2012.

 

14:00-17:00    TAKING THINGS A STEP FURTHER

Now that you've gotten to grips with the basics, Claire McGowan will talk in more detail about character, viewpoint and dialogue. She’ll address how you create suspense in your novel and what to think about when writing a crime series.

Alongside a successful career as a novelist Claire McGowan runs an MA in creative writing at London’s City University. She regularly gives workshops and talks at festivals and has taught in the Guardian Masterclass series.