Option 1:
£295.00 per person
Full weekend retreat, including accommodation x 2 nights, breakfast x 2 days, lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:

Option 2:
£190.00 per person
Full weekend retreat without accommodation, including lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:

Option 3: Pay per day,
Day 1 - £90.00 per person;
Days 2 & 3 - £110.00 per person;
To attend the pitching session on Day 3 with Karen Sullivan writers must attend the workshops on Day 2.

Call 01461 800344 to book your place.
A £100 deposit will be required at the time of booking.

Crime Fiction Writing Courses - Programme

Our programme of crime fiction writing courses and workshops is designed to give attendees practical advice and useful tips to improve their skill set.

Each tutor will provide exercises and handouts for attendees to take away.

The weekend is designed to not just provide writing skills, but also opportunities for networking and socialising with other writers.

Writers of all levels are welcome to attend the various courses and enjoy the hospitality of The Mill Forge.

Friday 9th March
Induction and introductions

10.15am - 12.45pm
Group A - Knowing your Characters - Michael J. Malone
Award-winning poet & author, Michael J. Malone, will guide you through the various character tropes and discuss ways to avoid falling into the world of cliche, while still meeting reader expectations of the various character subsets

Group B - Getting to the Heart of the Story - Craig Robertson
Bestselling author, Craig Robertson, will draw on his twenty years of experience as a journalist to show techniques which will help you research your story, interview sources and uncover the little details which will bring your tale to life


Social Media for Authors - Paul Teague & Graham Smith
Digital marketer and self-published author, Paul Teague, will show techniques for spreading the word about your books / writing on social media and how to build email lists for remarketing. Graham Smith will round off the session with a short talk on engaging with bloggers and running a successful blog tour

Group A - Getting to the Heart of the Story - Craig Robertson
Group B - Knowing your Characters - Michael J. Malone

Saturday 10th March
10.00am - 12.30pm
Group A - Genre Expectations - Russel D. McLean
Author and aficionado of all things crime, Russel D. McLean, will highlight reader expectations of the main crime fiction sub-genres so you tick all the right boxes 

Group B - Synopsising your Novel and Preparing your Pitch - Karen Sullivan
Who better than a publisher to teach you how to pitch your novel? Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books will teach attendees the best way to pitch their novels to agents and publishers in a way that will grab their attention with a professional pitch and well written synopsis


Networking Refresher - Graham Smith
Your host, Graham Smith, will demonstrate a few techniques and give practical tips on ways to make sure that you can approach that all-important person with confidence

1.45 - 4.15pm
Group A - Synopsising your Novel and Preparing your Pitch - Karen Sullivan
Group B - Genre Expectations - Russel D. McLean

4.30 - 5.30pm
1-2-1 Surgeries - Various Speakers
Pick the brains of our speakers on a 1-2-1 basis to solve that thorny problem with plotting, characters or setting with advice and insight from an experienced professional

Sunday 11th March
Pitch session - Karen Sullivan
Karen Sullivan of Orenda Books will be hearing pitches from all attendees. Wow her with a well delivered pitch about your unique novel and you could be on the way to literary stardom