Writing Crime and Thrillers

Mon 18 November 2019 - Fri 22 November 2019
Tutors / Clare Mackintosh & Katherine Stansfield
Course Fee / From £550 - £425 per person
Genre / Crime and Thriller
Language / English

Perhaps you’ve finished the first draft of your crime novel; maybe you’re still wrestling with the plot. Whatever stage you’ve reached, bring your murderous thoughts to the idyllic setting of Tŷ Newydd. Each morning we’ll tackle a different topic, followed by afternoons of one-to-one tutorials and scheduled time to put pen to paper. From creating authentic police characters to finessing your ‘bad guys’, from researching historical or current settings, to planting red herrings and pulling the rug from beneath your readers’ feet, this course will give you the tools you need to take your work-in-progress to the next level.


Clare Mackintosh

Clare Mackintosh is a Sunday Times bestselling author. Clare spent twelve years in the police force, including time on CID, and now writes full time. Clare’s debut psychological thriller, I Let You Go, was the fastest selling title by a new crime writer in 2015, winning the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award, and the Cognac Prix du Polar for International Novel of the Year. Her second and third novels, I See You (2016) and Let Me Lie (2018), were both number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her thrillers have been Richard & Judy Book Club picks. Clare's fourth novel, After the End (2019), veered from the thriller genre, exploring an emotional story about life, death, grief, and relationships. It charted in the Sunday Times top ten for seven weeks. Her novels are published by Sphere, Little Brown.

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 is also the university’s Royal Literary Fund Fellow. 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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