21 January 2018, Huddersfield

Due to the success of these half-day author workshops, Think Forensic has put together a special FULL-DAY event, with even MORE to offer those penning crime fiction.

This full-day event will take place at Think Forensic’s crime centre in Huddersfield. As an attendee, you will leave with a greater understanding of everyday police procedure and protocol, as well as ideas to include in your work.

Your fictional crime/mystery/thriller will arguably be more authentic and credible as a result of your time with us, complemented by its believable characters, sound plot and convincing emotion.

During the event, you will use specialist forensic equipment, and learn crucial details surrounding everyday techniques that will undoubtedly feature in your books. To further enhance the depth and accuracy of your crime novel, you will be placed at the centre of a criminal investigation. You will explore a re-enacted murder scene, where you will accurately gather and record evidence, piece together timelines, and explore behavioural, lifestyle and physical profiles of the victim and suspect(s).

Authors will not only gain an overview of the whole process – from the discovery of the body to the solving of the crime – you’ll also learn specific techniques that you wouldn’t be able to access elsewhere; for example, our comprehensive collection of different hair types, which you will analyse under the microscope, is completely unique.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to interpret patterns of blood spatter, as well as learn first-hand about violent attacks, all whilst staying on the right side of the law.

As part of this unique event, Lisa Nichols-Drew BSc MSc PGCertHE MCSFS MFS ABILD MITOL FHEA, our respected forensic scientist, who has lectured in Canada and New Zealand, will walk you through many high-profile cases she has worked on; she will describe the all-important evidence and clues that helped put the relevant perpetrators away.To further ensure your book will be a literary success, our forensic linguist and writing coach, Diane Hall, will be on hand to answer any literary/publishing questions you may have. Maybe you’d like some information regarding the structuring of your book, or bringing a richness to your characters, constructing authentic dialogue, or how to maintain pace and atmospheric tension in relevant scenes.

Whilst there’s no doubt you’ll encounter the practical elements of a crime on this retreat, you’ll also hear the emotional: would you know what it feels like to give evidence against somebody, for example? On this full-day event, you’ll hear from an ex-prisoner, who will share, first-hand, their emotions, fears and thoughts from their time ‘inside’.

Places are limited. No other course offers such intimate access to real professionals. You’re encouraged to ask questions, to help ensure your crime novel stands out against competing titles.

This cost of this UNIQUE event is £115 per person, which includes lunch and refreshments. Call us on 01484 860599 to book your place.


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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