Crime Writing Workshops
“Anatomy of a Crime Novel:
The Craft of Crime Fiction”
Conducted by Libby Fischer Hellmann
They say that writing a publishable novel is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration. In this hands-on day long session, you’ll sweat it out by exploring the elements of craft that make a crime fiction novel impossible to put down.
Whether you write cozies or hard-boiled, PI or amateur sleuth, you’ll learn how the effective use of plot, narrative, voice, setting, character, dialogue, and suspense can take your work to the next level.
The workshop will focus on the practical as opposed to the theoretical, so be prepared for plenty of exercises and discussion.
Included in the price is a critique of 20 pages from your manuscript, provided it’s submitted less than 30 days after the workshop. Libby will mark up the mss. using “track changes” and will talk on the phone with you about her comments.
What attendees have said:
“Excellent. Well-organized. Great exercises!”
“Good insights. Helpful hands-on. Right on target!”
Crime Writing: Body Parts
Libby’s workshops can be adapted to one-hour sessions as well, focusing on one or two elements of crime writing. “How To Build Suspense” is especially popular. So is “Dialogue-Plot-Research.”
Cuba and Iran: Powerpoint Presentations
Libby also has developed two one-hour Power Point presentations on the history of Cuba, and the culture of Iran. These are based on the research she conducted for her historical novels set in those countries, Havana Lost and A Bitter Veil.
See more about them here if you’re interested in having her visit your library or conduct a Skype presentation.
Self-Publishing: The Six Steps
Libby has also developed a workshop on self-publishing — how to do it, how much it really costs, and how to promote your book(s) and your brand.
Interested? Contact her here.