Crime Writing Workshop

Posted: May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized




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View from Carousel Creates Crime Writing Workshop

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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.

about the author  Louise Phillips 

Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind’s Crime Scene blog. She began writing in 2006 when her youngest son turned thirteen. Since then, Louise has won the Jonathan Swift Award with her story Last Kiss. She was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Platform, short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for RTE Guide/Penguin short story competition. Louise has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In May this year she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin Arts Council.

Hachette Books Ireland bought Irish and UK Commonwealth rights for Louise’s debut psychological crime novel Red Ribbons, which was shortlisted in this year’s Irish Book Awards for Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012. Louise’s second novel The Doll’s House will be published in 2013. Red Ribbons centres on the abduction and murder of a 12-year-old school girl and the main character Kate Pearson, a criminal psychologist who is drafted in by the police to help them find the killer. Ciara Doorley of Hachette likened Phillips to Sophie Hannah and Tana French, and said: “Louise is a supremely talented writer. She subconsciously creates parallels between her characters, and this really challenges the reader. Her writing is tense, atmospheric and we’re really delighted to have launched this a new voice in Irish crime.”  


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