The Killer Novel

The Killer Novel

Friday, August 25 - Monday, August 28
All Day

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A three and a half day residential retreat on the international art of great Crime Writing 25th-28th Aug Bank Holiday

There are few people better qualified to lead a workshop on crime fiction than Barry Forshaw. Not only is Barry the leading newspaper reviewer of Crime Novels in the UK but he is also hugely respected by agents and publishers who seek his views on new material and writers of the genre. Participants will be able to tap into his knowledge and appreciation of some of the best 20th and 21st century crime fiction.

The event is suitable for writers who have current projects underway and are looking to improve their grasp of the genre. Or indeed those writers who wish to assess the viability of their efforts by hearing about the best in class being considered today in the publishing world. The event is structured into the three most important components of a novel; the beginning, the core central theme and the end.

These components are identified by an examination of how the great crime writers from the past and present achieved their effects. Barry will also make predictions about what the market is going to want in the future.

The three and a half days will comprise expert analysis, writing exercises to explore the components of a great novel and a chance to read one’s own work and receive feedback in facilitated workshops. Workshop facilitation will be by Brenda Squires who is one of the founding partners of Menter Rhosygilwen and is a published writer with an MA in Creative Writing.

The course is residential and based in the luxurious listed Rhosygilwen Mansion in North Pembrokeshire. The course fee of £390pp includes full board and exclusive use of an ensuite bedroom. Shared rooms are £345pp. The Mansion is set in 55 acres of grounds with its own concert hall. There will be two evening performances of the Rhosygilwen Proms featuring chamber musicians from the LSO and LPO.


Friday 25th August from 5pm
Arrival, introductions and dinner. A chance to get to know the other participants.

Saturday 26th August 9am to 5pm
Beginnings that set the scene for a great crime novel, including Q&A. Exercise. Followed by lunch. Afternoon workshops dedicated to group or individual work.
6pm Evening dinner followed by Chamber Music Proms in the concert hall (optional).
Sunday 27th August 9am to 5pm.
The core of a great crime novel followed by Q&A. Exercise-character development of the protagonist. Lunch followed by afternoon workshops on group or individual work.
6pm evening dinner followed by the Chamber Music Proms (optional)
Monday 28th August 9am to 4pm
The skill of a brilliant ending, Current novelists and trends, predictions for the future, how to approach agents and pitch. Exercise on your pitch. Lunch followed by a facilitated workshop on ‘What does this mean for my writing?” Concluding remarks on The Killer Novel-what the market is looking for today in a crime novel.

After registration participants are required to send a bio to the course facilitator at

Special Non-Residential rates available to residents in Dyfed Please email or call 01239841387

Friday, August 25 - Monday, August 28 at All Day

Location : Neuadd y Dderwen

Bookings are closed for this event.

Please note: members please phone 01239 841 387 to book tickets and receive your 20% discount.