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‘Ice-pick-sharp, packed with intrigue, action and spine-chilling suspense. Devour will keep you gripped from the very first page’ Kathryn Fox

Thriller writing course with LA Larkin

January 11, 2012

Starting Thursday 15th March at 6:30pm and running for 5 weeks.

If you love fast-paced, pulse-pounding stories about an ordinary but clever hero, plunged into an extraordinary situation, and faced with a seemingly impossible mission, then you enjoy thrillers. As Dean Koontz puts it, thrillers are about characters in “terrible trouble”. Thrillers are part of the crime fiction family, and together they are one of the most popular genres in the world. If authors like Michael Connelly, Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson, Harlan Coben or Michael Robotham appeal, or movies like The Bourne Identity, The Matrix, Children of Men or The Shawshank Redemption captured your imagination, then this is the course for you. Targeted at people who have always wanted to write a thriller novel, as well as those who have already started their manuscript, my course will give you:

  • An insight into the different types of thriller you could write, and how they fit into the crime fiction family;
  • An understanding of the key ingredients for a good thriller – my 8 “Must Haves”;
  • Techniques to find your story and your voice;
  • A check list for character creation and the opportunity to develop your hero/heroine, and the villain;
  • A simple but effective thriller story structure and an opportunity to plan your story using this structure;
  • In-class support and feedback as you write your all-important opening chapter;
  • Tips on writing action scenes, managing pace and building suspense;
  • An overview of crime fiction agents / publishers, and what, in my experience, they tend to look for in a manuscript;
  • The motivation and confidence to keep writing.

Please contact the Sydney Writers’ Centre to enroll.

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