Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction
presented by WritersWebTV
“A forensic examination of the essential elements of writing crime,” is what Vanessa O’Loughlin promises to deliver to crime fiction fans of everything from psychological thrillers to detective fiction.
But whatever your genre, the key secrets, tips and techniques unveiled by a panel of writers at the top of their game – Ken Bruen, Declan Hughes, Jane Casey and Niamh O’Connor – will furnish you with the tools to pace your plot and keep your reader hooked.
Questions will be answered:
- Should you plot and plan in detail, and know the ending before you start, or can you write crime organically?
- How many characters should there be and how do you reveal backstory without losing the forward movement of the plot?
- What is foreshadowing and why does it play such a vital part in this genre?
- Research is crucial, but how much should you include in your story?
And best of all, you can watch it live for FREE, from anywhere in the world – but only on Wednesday, 30 October, from 10.00am – 4.00pm.
All you need to do is enrol now on www.writerswebtv.com or, if you want to download the workshop and watch it later, you have the option to pay to keep the course.
Wherever you are, and whatever your lifestyle, you’ll be able to tune in and out throughout the day:
10:00 – 11.30 Ken Bruen
11.30 – 11.45 Break/Online Audience – a chance for viewers to interact via Twitter @WritersWebTV
11.45 – 01:00 Jane Casey
01:00 – 01:30 Break/Online Audience – a chance for viewers to interact via Twitter @WritersWebTV
01:30 – 02:30 Declan Hughes
02:30 – 02:45 Break/Online Audience – a chance for viewers to interact via Twitter @WritersWebTV
02:45 – 04:00 Niamh O’Connor
This one-day workshop will be streamed live from a multi-camera broadcast studio in Dublin. Bestselling authors interact with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers, who present their work for critique. Online viewers can communicate with those in the studio using Twitter, Facebook or email. They can ask a question, take part in a workshop exercise, comment online and benefit from on-screen feedback from the authors in-studio.
Led by experienced workshop facilitator, Vanessa O’Loughlin, founder of writing.ie, the panel will consider the key elements of fiction writing and furnish viewers with tips, advice and actionable insights to help them improve their writing and get it on the path to publication.
I’ll be there – as part of the studio audience – hope you’ll join me!
Well, it looks like ‘Winter Song’ by TwitterXmasSingle is a hit!
It was officially launched via Twitter on Sunday, 4 December and managed to reach #1 in the iTunes Charts later that same day. Not bad, considering the only marketing was done by the 140+ Twitter characters and their family and their friends and YOU . . .
On 9 December, with 1,380 sales of ‘Winter Song’ we jumped into the Irish Charts at #8. A great achievement, but we want to do better!
We even got a mention in Hot Press – now, how cool is that?
‘Twitter Xmas Single Tops iTunes Chart’
Irish Charity song created entirely on Twitter takes the top
spot, and is a strong contender to be festive No. 1 . . .
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 05 Dec 2011
If we can manage to accomplish all we have, in such a very short time, surely we can now climb to the top of the Irish Charts.
Your turn to get involved in #TwitterXmasSingle – please buy the single and help us get the word out there with your Facebook friends, your Twitter friends, your family, friends, colleagues and contacts all over the world – let’s get ‘Winter Song’ to the very top and at the same time help the Neo-Natal Clinic in Holles Street.
Bord na Mona Fuels are running a poll on their Facebook page asking what your favourite Christmas song is – get voting – VOTE ‘Winter Song’ . . .
Take a look at our short video showing the making of ‘Winter Song’ to get a real feel for the goodwill, emotion and cheer that is #TwitterXmasSingle:
You can check out more Blogs and video’s from the Twitter people that are #TwitterXmasSingle :
We thank you for your support and, with the tiny babies at the Neo-Natal Clinic, Holles Street, we look forward to celebrating our #1 victory with you – one, very small step, to help the future of Ireland . . .
WHAT an absolutely WONDERFUL DAY!
It was so great to be part of such a vibrant, uplifting group of Twitter people at The Westin Hotel in Dublin, on Sunday, 27 November – all with one goal – to record ‘Winter Song’ for charity.
Arriving to register at 1.00pm, we slapped a label with our Twitter name onto our festive red or green attire, plonked a Santa hat on our heads and entered a truly, magnificent room in The Westin Hotel.
A welcome cuppa was on hand, and although most people only knew each other through Twitter, everyone was keen to introduce themselves to squeals of joy as they were ‘physically’ recognised.
With over 140 characters singing their hearts out, in aid of the neo-natal unit at The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, it could only have been fun!
We practiced hard and were rewarded with a break, and another welcome cuppa, along with a slice of one of the fabulous Twitter cakes on display.
For those of us with a sweet tooth, we arrived back to our vocals in even better form than before.
Hard to believe that a random Tweet from Brenda Drumm on Saturday, 19th November, to record a Christmas charity single, came to fruition on Sunday, 27th November!
Keep tuned to #twitterxmassingle, where on Sunday, 4th December at 2.00pm you will be able to HEAR our wonderfully Irish, wonderfully charitable version of ‘Winter Song’.
Your Christmas shopping list is sorted – you can pick up copies of ‘Winter Song’ for family and friends, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause – surely, you’d agree, the best Christmas present of all.
Follow #TwitterXmasSingle on Twitter to see ‘Winter Song’
unfold in all its glory . . .