In conjunction with the Northern Ireland Festival of writing author and teacher James Murphy takes this free, 90 min interactive workshop

About this Event

In this session attendees will learn:

  • What makes a good Crime Novel
  • Understanding the genre
  • How to Develop A Successful Premise
  • Ways to plot your novel
  • Insights into narrative style and creating believable characters
  • Writing & Editing Techniques
  • Routes to Publication
  • Techniques for submitting work to an Agent / Publisher
  • Promoting & Marketing Yourself and your work

About James

James Murphy is a writer from Northern Ireland working within the genre of Crime Fiction. His first novel in the Terror Trilogy, The Rise of Terror, was first published in 2016 and achieved a second print run with Excalibur Press in 2017. Having been met with excellent reviews, James has since achieved Professional Membership Status with the Irish Writers Centre and has recently released the second book in the Terror Trilogy, The Terror Within. He is currently working on the final Terror novel, Dark Light, which is due to be released in the Autumn of 2020.

After obtaining a Single Honours English Degree from Queen’s University Belfast, he embarked on a teaching career, first entering the classroom almost 20 years ago. In the intervening years he has become a successful educationalist, holding the offices of Head of English Department, Vice Principal and School Principal along the way and guiding schools both in Northern Ireland and across the UK to leading edge status.

In addition to Crime Fiction Writing, James also works as a member of the Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University, is the Managing Director of Merlin Arts and Director of Programming at the Northern Ireland Festival of Writing.

About The Northern Ireland Festival of Writing

The inaugural Northern Ireland Festival of Writing took place in April & May of 2019.

In launching the festival it was our aim to bring together a range of local writers and content creators from across the wide spectrum of talents that we have in Northern Ireland, to run a series of events and workshops wherein those aspiring and emerging in their chosen creative field would have the opportunity to learn from those who had successfully carved a path for them to follow, as well as providing a platform for local writers at all points in their writing journey, to showcase their achievements.

The Festival was a huge success, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt to us, that not only was there a wealth of writing talent in Northern Ireland, keen to be tapped, developed, promoted and celebrated, but also, that the work of The Merlin Project was much needed and appreciated in our current climate.

We had a level of support that went well beyond our expectations, with established artists and organisations willing to give up their time and expertise to help others develop their craft, as well as our database of people wishing to take part in and develop from the festival, reaching numbers of mind-blowing proportions.

About The Merlin Project

At The Merlin Project, we seek to educate, empower and encourage people to use to use the power of their words to help them develop their confidence, enhance and improve their communication skills and overcome personal and societal issues in order to improve the quality of their lives, their relationships, their mental and physical health, as well as their employability.

We also aim to provide opportunities for aspiring and emerging writers and content creators, to develop and hone their craft as well as providing them with a platform to showcase and celebrate their works.

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