Iceland Noir


Turning First Drafts Into Finished Novels

Thursday the 17th of November – 17:00-1900

A workshop for all abilities, from absolute beginners to more experienced writers. Using practical exercises, the workshop will explain how to test and improve your plot, how to make sure your characters are working together to push your stories forward, how scenes work to develop the story and and deliver drama and tension (and ways to approach improving them) and how to hit the ground running with an intriguing opening scene.

The workshop will be led by William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier and the Captain Korolev novels. WIlliam lectures on creative writing at City University and his novels have been shortlisted for The Irish Crime Novel of the Year (3 times), The Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, The Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, A Barry Award in the US and the CWA Historical and New Blood Daggers. He is also the author, with MR Hall, of Writing Crime Fiction: An Introduction.

The workshop will be taught in English. Please note that while the workshop is free a limited number of spaces is available and participants are required to register by sending an email to