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Date: October 13, 2021

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Level: Beginner | Emerging |

Cost: €240 (€220 Members)

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT)

Course Summary:

On this course you will look at the various aspects of writing a successful crime novel, including character development, point of view, dialogue, plotting and pace. Throughout the workshop participants will receive editorial critique to help sharpen their creative voice, alongside tips on how to establish a successful writing routine. Participants will take away the tools required to write a crime novel, including practical guidance on how to get started, completing a first draft, and ultimately, getting that elusive publishing deal. Many of Louise’s students have achieved publication success, including those who have gone on to become International Bestsellers.


Course Outline:

The course will focus on several aspects of crime fiction writing:

  • The Creation of Memorable Characters
  • Point of View
  • Writing Effective Dialogue
  • Building an Outline for your Story
  • Road Maps, Plotting & Pace
  • Setting Writing Goals
  • Completing a First Draft & Establishing a Good Writing Routine
  • Tips on Getting Agents and Publishers to keep reading

In order to maximise the benefits of the workshops, participants will be invited to submit work (500 words) every two weeks.


Course Outcomes:

On completion of the course participants will have a strong foundation in writing successful crime fiction, including tips on how to establish a good writing routine, and set personal writing goals.


Louise Phillips is a bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year in the Irish Book Awards. Her second novel won the award. In 2016 she was longlisted for the UK CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels were published in the U.S. ‘The Hiding Game’, published in 2019, is currently under Option and in development by a Major U.S. Film Production company. Louise is currently working on her sixth novel.


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