Young and Bloody Scotland – A creative writing masterclass


Are you aged 18 – 25 and interesting in creative / crime writing? Then this could be the masterclass for you. Bloody Scotland has teamed up with the Scottish Arts Club, to set up this one day course in February 2016. Here’s what their website has to say about the day…


Young and Bloody Scotland is our new crime and thriller writing masterclass developed in partnership with the Scottish Arts Club. It’s a day packed with inspiring and creativity-boosting workshops, as well as talks from some of Scotland’s leading authors, held at their club in Rutland Square, central Edinburgh.

After this full day masterclass, you will leave equipped with a host of new skills and knowledge, from plotting and characters to police procedurals and thriller writing. You will also get the opportunity to practice pitching a novel idea to real publishers!

This packed and inspiring masterclass in the art of writing fiction will be led by one of Scotland’s most engaging writing tutors, author Laura Marney. Laura teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow and will be leading the masterclass, coaching young writers throughout the day.


Full details of presenting authors and course content are available at  At a mere £30 for a ticket, this sounds like a must for young writers everywhere!  You can book tickets through the website here

Latest New Crime Writing Weekend – Carlisle, June 2015

cw_logo_bigFor those aspiring writers amongst you there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to creative writing events specifically aimed at writing Crime Fiction.

Recently launched, The City of Carlisle are holding their first ever crime writing weekend during June next year.   Over thirty top crime writers will be hosting events at The Old Fire Station, the city’s new arts centre, due to open in spring 2015.

So far there are fourteen events planned over the course of the three day weekend including

  • Cumbria – Cosy or Criminal?
  • Northern Noir
  • Historical Crime
  • The Murder Squad
  • Femmes Fatales
  • Get Forensics Down Here!
  • Female Detectives
  • Talking Sherlock
  • Dramatising Sherlock
  • Fact vs Fiction
  • Tartan Noir

Further details of the weekend, events, participating authors and help with accommodation if you fancy staying locally can all be found at  Tickets to events are due to go on sale at the end of November.

Crime and Publishment is what you need…

Just finished NaNoWriMo?

Embarking on your novel and need some expert advice?

Still got that trunk novel under your bed you feel like digging out but you’re not sure what to do next?

Want some expert advice and an opportunity to pitch to an agent?

You can find the answers to all your questions and more available here….


Crime & Publishment is a two day course for writers, by writers, agents and industry insiders and will be held at The Mill Forge hotel, just outside Gretna Green from March 7th – 9th 2014.

They are also running a competition to win a complete package to attend the weekend.  To enter all you need to do is submit your 2,000 word short crime story or the first 2,000 words of your opening chapter.

You can find all the details you need here.

I was around at the Mill for Crime and Publishment last year and can guarantee you will have a have a fabulous weekend, with great opportunities to learn, improve and network in a relaxed encouraging and informative atmosphere. Above all that it will be fun.

So if you want to win that weekend get your writing caps on because the competition closes on the 31st December, and if you don’t win, just book it up, because it’s an experience you will never forget.