Lost the plot?

Mon 26 September 2022 - Fri 30 September 2022
Tutors / Belinda Bauer & Sharon Bolton
Guest Reader / Clare Mackintosh
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genre / Crime and Thriller
Language / English

Readers love crime fiction – which is why so many writers want to write it. Why not get a head start with help from two of the best? Whether you have a wonderful idea and don’t know how to put it on paper, or are editing a first draft, award winning crime writers Sharon Bolton and Belinda Bauer will guide you through the tricks of the crime fiction trade with special emphasis on sharpening your plot. The course offers insight into character, tone, and twists, as well as personal mentoring sessions. If you don’t know where to start your bestseller – or how to finish it – this course is for you.


Belinda Bauer

After years of screenwriting, Belinda Bauer's first novel, Blacklands (Corgi, 2010), won the Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for the Crime Novel of the Year. Since then, she has released eight books which have been translated into more than 20 languages, and won several major awards, including the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year for her fourth novel, Rubbernecker (Black Swan, 2014), and the CWA Dagger in the Library for her body of work. She also wrote an action thriller - High Rollers (Corgi, 2014) - under the name Jack Bowman, after being infuriated by a Clive Cussler novel! In 2018 Belinda became the first crime writer to be nominated for the Booker Prize, with Snap (Black Swan, 2018). In the same year she taught her first course at Tŷ Newydd and is delighted to be returning.

Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton grew up in a cotton-mill town in Lancashire and had an eclectic early career in marketing and public relations. Her first novel, Sacrifice (Bantam Press, 2008), was voted Best New Read by Amazon.uk, whilst her second, Awakening, (Bantam Press, 2009) won the 2010 Mary Higgins Clark award. In 2014 Sharon was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger, the Theakston’s prize, the International Thriller Writers’ Best First Novel award, the Prix Du Polar in France and the Martin Beck award in Sweden. With thirteen books to her name, Sharon is a Sunday Times bestselling author and has been described by that newspaper as being “unable to write a sentence not suffused with menace”. Her fourteenth book, The Dark, (Orion) will be published in April 2022. Sacrifice has been made into a Hollywood film starring Radha Mitchell, Rupert Graves and David Robb.

Guest Reader

Clare Mackintosh

With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is the multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go (2015), which was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare's second and third novels, I See You (2016) and Let Me Lie (2018), were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. After the End was published in 2019 and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller, and in 2021 Hostage flew straight into the top ten. Together, Clare's books have been translated into forty languages and spent more than sixty weeks in The Sunday Times bestseller lists. Her latest crime novel, The Last Party, due in 2022 is set in north Wales.

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