Writers’ weekend retreat, Lincolnshire, 27-29 January 2017

Just a few places left!

Looking to get your teeth into writing in the New Year? Never written before? Already published but looking for other avenues? This writing retreat is for you. It’s an all inclusive weekend, which means the only thing you’ll have to pay for is alcoholic drinks at the bar (if you need a tipple). All workshops, events, food and non-alcoholic drinks – as well as your accommodation in this luxury hotel – is included in the price. The retreat is restricted to just 19 places, allocated on a first come first serve basis. Price: £350 – which can be paid in installments (If you choose to pay in installments, there’s a non-refundable deposit to secure your booking, of: £100) Over the weekend you’ll take part in bespoke writing workshops, and also participate in some exciting new themed workshops, too. Each workshop is designed to give you practical knowledge, enabling you to write realistic prose and stories that will sell. You’ll also experience a live murder mystery evening on the Saturday night. Though the writing workshops will be tailored to the individual participants, they will cover such topics as: Understanding your readership and genre Where to start writing Structuring your plot Creating your characters Pace and scene-setting Writing better dialogue Self-editing and feedback Self-publishing vs. traditional publishing Specialist workshops include: Writing Romance / Erotica Writing for Young Adults Forensic Science for Beginners Marketing your book Writing for other media Writing murder mystery games

To book your place on this unique retreat, act quickly, as it will soon be full. Email me at diane@thewritinghall.co.uk

Here’s what 2016’s attendees said (of which, 60% have booked back on): Wow! What fantastic value for money! I feel so much more confident about writing my book. I never even knew the murder mystery dinner was included – so much fun! Really peaceful location; I’ve never been so relaxed. Diane really knows her stuff. I learned so much about writing; I can’t wait to get started. I’m definitely coming back next year – wild horses couldn’t keep me away!

Obviously, you’ve read about me….here are my retreat co-hosts:

JosmedleyJo Smedley

Described by the local press as “a not so serious serial killer,” Jo Smedley is a successful Murder Mystery game author and the Managing Director of Red Herring Games. A fictional assassin, Jo Smedley writes and develops murder mystery games for all ages and all type of events. She has written bespoke games for hotels, multi-national corporations, private parties and fundraising events in the UK, USA and Australia, and her games are sold world wide. She was comissioned to write the murder mystery evening for this year’s Agatha Christie Festival, and delivered the murder mystery for TOWIE back in 2012. She’s just finished her first full length murder mystery novel and is mid-pitch to agents.

Kerry Drewery

Kerry lives in Lincolnshire between the countryside and the sea, in a house filled with books, films and dogs. Before writing full-time she was a BookStart Co-ordinator for BookTrust and got to read picture books to children all day. She was also a finalist in a BBC ScriptWriting for Children competition and has a first class honours degree in Professional Writing. She leads young people’s writing groups for Writing East Midlands and is the co-organiser of the UKYA Extravaganza events. Her first YA novel, A BRIGHTER FEAR was published in 2012 by HarperCollins in the UK and Callenbach in the Netherlands. Her second YA novel, A DREAM OF LIGHTS (2013), was also published by HarperCollins and Callenbach. It was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, awarded Highly Commended at the North East Teen Book Awards and shortlisted for the Hampshire Independent Schools Book Award. She has a new novel Cell 7 coming out later this year.

Anna Sky

Anna Sky is a writer of mostly BDSM and spanking erotica. She lives in West Yorkshire with her partner Stephen, and their unruly hound. Having been an avid reader of erotica for years, she started writing in 2012. She’s been published by Peaches Press, House of Erotica, For Books’ Sake, Loveslave and more, and has been accepted for multiple upcoming anthology releases. She also self-publishes her own erotica collections, including Naughty Shorts and Wicked Games. She regularly attends readings and erotica events in the UK but can also be found behind the dim light of her Kindle late into the night, seeing what naughty words her fellow authors have come up with. She describes herself as a geek, red wine drinker, poi hurler, Firefly fan, and someone with a very dirty laugh who loves to perform research for her stories!


13 May 2017, Huddersfield

After appearing at the most prestigious, national crime-writing festival in Harrogate this year, and following, frankly, ‘murderous’ requests for advice on real life protocol and procedures at crime scenes, I’m excited to announce that I’ve created a unique workshop for crime-writing authors and readers of crime, in conjunction with CSI experience company Think Forensic.

Morning and afternoon sessions available: 10am – 1pm, and 2pm – 5pm.

Escorting you through (thankfully, re-enacted) real-life investigations and crime scenes will be a senior investigating officer, a CSI (crime scene investigator), a crash investigator and a forensic linguist. We will all be on hand to guide you through the true processes and techniques used in real criminal investigations, including how to read fire scenes, real-life evidence gathering, how to protect crime scenes, and how a crash scene is examined. The blood spatter room, for example, will give you a unique opportunity to see for yourself how the patterns made reveal the amount of blows that took place, where the offender and victim were stood at impact, how many people were in the room, etc., etc.

There will also be a more general writing workshop during the day, which will cover more generic writing issues, such as how to address the structure and content of your book, writers’ block, and your publishing options in today’s digital world.

Long gone are the days when you can bend your local bobby’s ear for realistic procedural insight. The more successful crime writers wouldn’t release a book without fully checking the accuracy of their content with law enforcement professionals like us. This is an opportunity no author can afford to miss – take full advantage of the wealth of experience we hold.

Please note that the author/reader workshop take place at Think Forensic’s dedicated crime centre in West Yorkshire. Staff are subject to change, depending on availability.

For further details, or to book on the event, contact diane@thewritinghall.co.uk.


I’m open to holding workshops to groups of writers on any aspect of the writing, production, publishing or book marketing processes. If you have an idea of/theme for a workshop that you’d like me to deliver, drop me an email at info@thewritinghall.co.uk

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