Tariffs
Option 1:
£295.00 per person
Full weekend retreat, including accommodation x 2 nights, breakfast x 2 days, lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:


Option 2:
£190.00 per person
Full weekend retreat without accommodation, including lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:

Option 3: Pay per day,
Day 1 - £90.00 per person;
Days 2 & 3 - £110.00 per person;
To attend the pitching session on Day 3 with Karen Sullivan writers must attend the workshops on Day 2.

Call 01461 800344 to book your place.
A £100 deposit will be required at the time of booking.

Tariffs
Option 1:
£325.00 per person
Full weekend retreat, including accommodation x 2 nights, breakfast x 2 days, lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:


Option 2:
£210.00 per person
Full weekend retreat without accommodation, including lunch x 2 days, 6 x workshops:

Option 3: Pay per day,
Day 1 - £100.00 per person;
Days 2 & 3 - £120.00 per person;
To attend the pitching session on Day 3 with Maisie, writers must attend the workshops on Day 2.

Call 01461 800344 to book your place.
A £100 deposit will be required at the time of booking.

All of our tutors have been carefully chosen because of their industry experience, critical acclaim and teaching ability.

Most importantly, the authors were selected specifically for the subjects they will be teaching: Kate Bendelow is a real life CSI technician, Douglas Skelton has written true crime books as well as fiction novels. Stephen Booth's Cooper and Fry series is layered with a real sense of place evoking many visual images to the reader and Maisie Lawrence is a commissioning editor at the world's leading digital publisher

Creative Writing Classes - Tutors

Douglas Skelton has published 12 non-fiction books and eight crime thrillers. He has been a bank clerk, tax officer, shelf stacker, meat porter, taxi driver (for two days), wine waiter (for two hours), reporter, investigator and editor.
His first thriller BLOOD CITY was published in 2013.
The gritty thriller was the first in a quartet set on the tough streets of Glasgow from 1980 onwards. It was followed by CROW BAIT, DEVIL'S KNOCK and finally OPEN WOUNDS, which was longlisted for the first McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Book of the Year in 2016.
His two Dominic Queste thrillers, THE DEAD DON'T BOOGIE and TAG - YOU'RE DEAD lightened the tone but didn't skimp on thrills.
He followed this with his New York-set chase thriller THE JANUS RUN in 2018.THUNDER BAY, a dark and atmospheric tale of secrets, lies and murder on a Scottish island, was published to great acclaim by Polygon in 2019.
Douglas is often recruited by documentary makers to contribute to true crime shows on TV and radio and is a regular on the crime writing festival circuit.
He also takes part in comedy shows with other crime writers. To date he has written three Carry on Sleuthing plays.
He is also one quarter of Four Blokes in search of a Plot, along with Gordon Brown, Mark Leggatt and Neil Broadfoot.

Kate Bendelow is a writer, poet and author of The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers. She also delivers presentations on the same subject to crime writers and is currently working on the first of a crime fiction trilogy.

Stephen Booth is an award winning UK crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, who have appeared in eighteen novels set in England's beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.
Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year. DC Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers' Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for "the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure". The Cooper & Fry novels are published all around the world, and have been translated into 16 languages. The latest titles in the series are DEAD IN THE DARK and a new book FALL DOWN DEAD, published in August 2018. Stephen is also the author of a standalone crime novel TOP HARD.

Maisie Lawrence is fiction editor and poet. Maisie commissions a variety of commercial fiction at digital publisher Bookouture where her authors include crime writers J.M. Hewitt, cozy mystery extraordinaire Betty Rowlands, women's fiction novelists Beth Miller, Brooke Harris, Colleen Coleman and Brooke Harris and historical authors Liz Trenow, Pam Howes and Renita D'Silva. She has previously worked on bestselling authors including women's fiction writers Paige Toon, and Rachel Hore, as well as crime novelists Lisa Cutts and RJ Bailey. She is a co-founder of Pride in Publishing, a networking group for LGBTQ+ people who work with books in the UK.
Maisie is a member of writer's collective Malika's Poetry Kitchen, founded by Malika Booker. She has performed at Strokestown International Festival and in 2019 she received Developing Your Creative Practice funding from Arts Council England to develop her first poetry collection.

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