Calling all budding crime writers

How to write crime fictionNew book this week, How to write crime fiction by Sarah Williams

This book provides a comprehensive overview of all the different kinds of crime fiction, with examples from successful contemporary writers in each of the different genres, and clear explanations and exercises to help the beginning writer hone their craft, and discover the kind of crime fiction, the plots, the themes, the language, that work best for them

 And find out how the experts do it Talking about detective fiction by P. D James

Dealing with the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, the author examines the challenges, achievements, and potential of this genre.

The crime writer’s guide to police practice and procedure by Michael O’Byrne – ‘The Crime Writer’s Guide To Police Practice And Procedure’ is the detective in your pocket – something you can reach for when you feel your writing needs that short sharp shock of real-life investigating

 

 

 

Writers bring fiction to life with #TwitterFictionFestival.

Twitter Fiction Festival 2012Amateur writers can submit their ideas from 2nd March to become featured in the author showcase of the third #TwitterFiction festival which takes place from 11th to 15th May — 25 spots are available. Anyone can also join in by creating fiction on the spot Fiction Festivalusing the hashtag #TwitterFiction.

The festival invites authors to create original fiction using the Twitter platform –  to “embrace, explore and develop the art of storytelling on Twitter”, with fiction that uses Twitter functionality creatively strongly encouraged.

Famous authors participating include Jackie Collins, Margaret Atwood and Jojo Moyes as well as Lauren Beukes, Chuck Wendig, Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler, and Anna Todd.

Two short story competitions

allingham imageThe Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015 short story competition closes on Sunday 15th February and you could win a cash prize of £500 and a place on an Arvon residential writing course.

The winning story will be published on www.writersandartists.co.uk

Just enter a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of ‘Joy’ and email it to competition@bloomsbury.com with “WAYB15 competition” as the subject line. The winners of the competition will be announced on the Writers and Artists site in March 2015.

The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story competition to celebrate Margery Allingham’s contribution to crime writing closes on 16th March 2015 and it’s open to  both published and unpublished authors- and is for unpublished short stories (crime/mystery) of up to 3,500 words. The winner will receive £1,000.