Digital Taster Course: Crime and Mystery

Fri 19 March 2021
Tutor / Katherine Stansfield
Course Fee / From £9.00 per person
Genre / Crime and Thriller
Language / English

12.00 – 1.30 pm Friday 19 March 2021


Join Katherine Stansfield for an introduction to crime and mystery writing. We will explore some key concepts of contemporary crime fiction, including how to recognise different kinds of crime writing, sorting ‘cosy crime’ from ‘hard-boiled’, and the importance of ‘playing fair’ with readers keen to solve our murderous plots. The workshop will last an hour, but time has been set aside to settle in at the beginning, to ask questions, and for discussions with your fellow writers at the end.

The Tŷ Newydd taster courses series will offer a whistle-stop tour of various genres and themes in both English and Welsh, to continue to inspire your writing during the winter months. Participant numbers for each taster course will be capped at 16, and the course will be delivered through the video platform Zoom. We hope to welcome you to Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre when we reopen our doors, where we offer a programme of day-long, weekend and week-long residential courses at our beautiful house in Llanystumdwy.

Literature Wales aims to enable everybody who would benefit from a course at Tŷ Newydd to do so, regardless of income or level of experience, and writers on low income have been identified as one of Literature Wales’ target client characteristics. If you cannot afford the course fee, please contact us to enquire about one of our allocated free spaces. Please note that whilst we will try our very best, we cannot always guarantee a free space due to the high volume of applications expected.


Katherine Stansfield

Katherine Stansfield grew up in Cornwall and now lives in Cardiff. She writes the historical crime series Cornish Mysteries (Allison & Busby), set in the 1840s, which combines real-life events with local folklore and supernatural stories. The latest book in the series, The Mermaid’s Call, was published in 2019. She is also one half of the partnership DK Fields, co-writing the gaslit fantasy crime trilogy Tales of Fenest (Head of Zeus). Katherine’s work has won the Holyer an Gof Fiction Prize twice, and she was shortlisted for The Winston Graham Historical Prize. She teaches creative writing courses for Cardiff University’s Lifelong Learning department and has also held the post of Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the university. She is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University's new MA in Creative Writing, a Writing Fellow at the University of South Wales, and a mentor for Literature Wales.

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