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Crime writing with Brian Stoddart

Saturday 28th Oct 1.45pm - 5pm
Sunday 29th Oct 9.45am -1pm

Arrowtown Public Library, 58 Buckingham Street,
Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes

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Brian Stoddart is the workshop host and was long listed for the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best NZ Crime Novel with A Straits Settlement.

The aim is to have some fun and learn some new tricks.


This will be an overview of and introduction to contemporary crime fiction and will include: 

  • The difference between modern crime fiction and the Golden Age of Christie, Marsh, Sayers and Allingham. 

  • Creating characters. 

  • Setting up structure and story. 

  • Producing plot and setting. 

  • Writing a standalone versus a series. 

  • Improving your writing. 

  • Reading some great writers. 

  • Developing your style and voice. 

  • Pursuing publishing options.

Note: Please bring your own writing materials.

About the instructor

Brian Stoddart

He is now writing No 4 in his Superintendent Chris Le Fanu se-ries set in 1920s British India. Brian has also written seventeen works of non-fiction across history, sport, biography and memoir. His A House in Damascus: Before the Fall was an Amazon No.1 in Middle East Travel

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