Literary Workshops 2019

Crime Writing with Catherine Ryan Howard

Steve Langan

Crime Writing with Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Mon 15 July to Fri 19 July 2019

09:30 AM


Age Range


Learn how to get away with murder with internationally bestselling crime writer Catherine Ryan Howard. Over the course of five sessions, this workshop will explore topics such as developing your ideas, plotting, creating suspense, research, and preparing your work for submission to agents and publishers. Suitable for writers at all levels, it will especially appeal to those with an interest in the mechanics of plotting. Each session will have a mix of seminar-style teaching, practical writing exercises and group discussion. The idea is not to advance existing work during this week but to spend the time stretching writing muscles, considering new approaches, and learning the nuts and bolts (or fingerprints and blood splatter!) of writing crime fiction, before returning to your work-in-progress with fresh eyes, renewed enthusiasm and more creative tools at your disposal.

Session breakdown:

1. The Interrogation: Taking Ideas from Brain to Blurb

2. Get Your Story Straight: Plotting and the Mechanics of Storytelling

3. The Art of Suspense: Characters, Conversations & Cliffhangers

4. How To Get Away With Murder: Research and Procedure

5. Crime Does Pay: Preparing Your Work for Submission


Cork author Catherine Ryan Howard published her debut novel, Distress Signals, in 2016. It was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic and was shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger. With her second novel, The Liar’s Girl, Catherine became only the second Irish woman ever to be nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, an accolade founded in 1954 by the Mystery Writers of America and previously bestowed upon writing greats such as Raymond Chandler, Ian Rankin and Stephen King. Catherine’s novels have been translated into a total of nine languages and Distress Signals is being developed for television as a mini-series. She has previously taught workshops for the Irish Writers Centre and Faber Academy, among others, and in 2018 she facilitated the Cork City Libraries Creative Writing Summer School.

Photo credit: Steve Langan