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How to research and write historical crime fiction

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM (BST)

How to research and write historical crime fiction

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Since Brother Cadfael solved his first murder in 1137, historical crime fiction has exploded as a phenomenon, with even the prestigious Golden Dagger Awards having a prize dedicated to the genre. But creating a realistic world amplifies the challenge of plotting and writing a  gripping mystery.

Led by Lloyd Shepherd, Authors Club Award-nominated writer of the Charles Horton novels, the course covers the essential technical skills such as finding your narrative voice, developing believable characters with defined motivations, and creating immersive, historically accurate worlds without getting bogged down in textbook detail. But Shepherd also delves into the unique processes required to write historical crime, including a history of the development of criminal investigations.

By the end of the two days, you’ll have a completed storyboard for your novel, ready to take advantage of the generous opportunities for professional feedback offered by the course, with the tutor offering practical advice during the weekend and a written critique of your storyboard as a follow-up.

Tutor profile

Lloyd Shepherd is the author of two acclaimed novels, The English Monster and The Poisoned Island. Both of them feature the Regency proto-detective Charles Horton, who makes his name with an unusual investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811. The first of these books, The English Monster, was shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and was a Waterstones Book Club pick in 2012.

Lloyd has worked as a journalist and a digital media producer, for the likes of the Guardian, the BBC, Channel 4 and Yahoo. 

Dates: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013

Times: 10am-5pm

Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9GU

Price: £400 (includes VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)

Maximum class size: 15

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When & Where

Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM (BST)

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