Writing Crime: How To Get Away With Murder

Catherine Ryan Howard

Saturday 13th October 2018
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: TBC
About This Course​

What makes a great crime novel? How do you create a genuinely shocking twist? What do you need to get away with (fictional) murder? Internationally published crime writer Catherein Ryan Howard will take you through the process of writing a killer thriller from beginning to end in what promises to be a lively and entertaining session. With her help, you'll hone your book's 'hook', stress-test your story idea and learn practical methods for getting started and - more importantly - not stopping until you reach THE END.'


Who is this course suitable for?


This course is suitable for writers of all abilities, especially those who are interested in learning more about how to plot.

What do I need to bring?


Pen and paper!

We Like
  • Catherine’s debut thriller, Distress Signals, was optioned for TV and shortlisted for the Crime Writer’s Association prestigious John Creasy/New Blood Dagger award, so she knows her stuff

  • The key to a killer thriller is an airtight, pacey plot – and as this is something that can benefit any commercial or genre novel, it’s not just crime/thriller writers who’ll benefit from this session

  • Catherine’s teaching style is entertaining and dynamic so in addition to learning, you’ll be entertained!


Praise for Catherine

“I attended Catherine Ryan Howard's workshop on plotting in January '18. For me, it opened my mind to a new approach to writing my novel. Catherine herself was engaging, encouraging, and made learning fun. I'd highly recommend any workshops involving Catherine.” – Marie O’Halloran

Catherine's Advise

"Write the book you want to read but can’t find on the shelf."

Catherine's Story

When Catherine was eight years old, she decided she wanted to be a writer. She asked Santa for a typewriter so she could get started right away. She also asked him for Barbie’s Pink Magic Van (after all, all work and no play…) but on Christmas morning that was left sitting to one side while Catherine, still in her nightdress, lifted the typewriter onto her knees and started tapping away. This moment was captured by a camera and now the picture sits in a frame on her desk as a reminder that thirty-something Catherine is living her dream.


After starting her career self-publishing non-fiction, her debut thriller was pre-empted in a two-book deal by Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, on a very exciting Monday afternoon in 2015. Distress Signals was published the following year and became an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller. It was shortlisted for both the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and the IBA Crime Novel of the Year, and Liz Nugent heralded Catherine as ‘an astonishing new voice in thriller writing’. Jet Stone Media have since optioned the novel for television. Catherine’s second thriller, The Liar’s Girl, was released in March 2018.


Catherine has just completed a BA in English Studies at Trinity College Dublin, where she studied as a mature student, and is currently working on her third novel. Find out more on www.catherineryanhoward.com.

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