I am very pleased to tell you that I am now running a writing retreat in Scotland with my husband, Alex Walters, and we are holding a crime writing course in April. Details are below.

23-27 April 2018
This retreat is aimed at participants who are writing crime fiction and now want to take the next steps to getting their work published. We’ll cover topics such as:
• Working with crime genres – what do readers, agents and publishers expect?
• Writing a series or a standalone
• Creating interesting, credible and three dimensional characters
• Plotting (and how to fill plot holes!)
• Choosing and making the best of your settings
• Routes to publication and how to prepare for them.
The retreat will include a mix of taught sessions, one-to-ones and critiques, informal evening readings and Q&As, and free writing time, all tailored as much as possible to participants’ specific needs, interests and preferences.

The retreat will be run by Alex Walters and Margaret Kirk.
Alex is the author of nine critically acclaimed and best selling crime novels published by Quercus, Harper Collins and Bloodhound Books, with series set in locations as diverse as Mongolia, Manchester and the Scottish Highlands.
Margaret’s debut novel, Shadow Man, published by Orion, was the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing competition 2016. Shadow Man is the first in a series featuring DI Lukas Mahler set in Inverness and the Highlands.

The price of the retreat is £600 for an en-suite room or £560 for a room without en-suite facilities.
Participants can arrive any time in the afternoon of 23 April and depart in the morning of 27 April. The price includes, as well as all tutoring and individual critiques and mentoring, four nights’ accommodation, full board catering (as described in What’s Included) from dinner on the Monday evening to breakfast on the Friday, and all our usual retreat facilities.

If you’re interested in attending, please see our contact details on the Solus Or website.

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New Writing Retreat – Scotland

From autumn of 2017 I’ll be running a writing retreat in the highlands of Scotland with my husband, Mike Walters. Mike is the author of many crime books written as both Michael Walters and Alex Walters.

We’ll be running a mix of taught retreats on topics such as crime writing, short story writing, screenwriting and songwriting with a range of expert guest tutors. We’ll also be offering private retreats for both groups and individuals.

Watch this space for more news of our plans!

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Chilling Tales for Winter Nights

Join me at Denman College for a scary mix of reading and writing ghost stories!

We’ll look at how to create convincing ghosts, what else you need to make your spooky story work and how to create a terrifying atmosphere!

The course will take place from 9-11 December 2015 and you can find full details on the college website here.

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Creative Writing For Beginners at West Dean College

This course will cover a variety of different kinds of creative writing. Are you a poet who doesn’t know it? Are you bursting with stories to tell and don’t know how to begin?

We’ll look at fiction in its many forms and also at how you can use your own life experiences in non-fiction writing. The course will start with how to get inspiration for your writing, and then look at different forms for expressing your ideas.

There will be an emphasis on enjoying the process of writing and being imaginative. Students will be encouraged to look widely for sources of inspiration and to experiment with different styles of writing.
This course will take place at West Dean College on the weekend of 30 September to 2 October 2016.

Full details will appear on their website nearer the time.

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