Crime Writing: Allan Guthrie & Stuart MacBride, Guest: Dave Barclay

Crime Writing: Allan Guthrie & Stuart MacBride, Guest: Dave Barclay

Date(s) - Mon 15th Apr - Sat 20th Apr, 2019
All Day

Moniack Mhor, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire , IV4 7HT

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Crime Writing (But Where Afraid to Ask).


Are you looking for insider secrets on how to write a cracking crime novel? Join two award-winning, bestselling Scottish authors for an in-depth look at how to add punch and depth to your writing. Stuart and Al will reveal the tips, tricks, and techniques involved in crafting your story, from initial idea to finished book. This will be a comprehensive and practical course covering: plot, structure, pacing, character, point of view, dialogue, narrative, self-editing, and working with agents and publishers.

Allan Guthrie is the author of several crime novels, including the winner of the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year, Two-Way Split, and the MWA Edgarnominated Kiss Her Goodbye. He has also written a few novellas, including the top-10 Amazon bestseller, Bye Bye Baby. He has worked as a literary agent since 2005, mainly representing crime writers, and in 2017 he co-founded The North Literary Agency with a couple of former colleagues. He set up Scotland’s first digital publisher in 2011 and works as a freelance editor for numerous authors and publishers.

Stuart MacBride is the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the Logan McRae and Ash Henderson novels. He’s also published a couple of standalones, a short story collection, two novellas, and a slightly twisted picture book for slightly twisted children. Stuart lives in the northeast of Scotland with his wife Fiona; cats Grendel, Gherkin, Onion, and Beetroot; some hens; horses; and a vast collection of assorted weeds.

Dave Barclay. After being chucked out of two Faculties of Edinburgh University in the early 60s (Dentistry for God’s sake) I then supported my wife and child off the horses for a few years.  Eventually I got some degrees and became a forensic scientist ending up as Head of the Police  ‘National Crime Faculty’. I have investigated or reviewed cold cases in many civilised countries, and in Australia. My lectures to police and lay audiences invariably feature gruesome forensic casework, and may involve (partial!) self-immolation. I have written chapters for textbooks and many book-length reports on murder cases but despite that – I really hate writing!

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