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Crime Writing Masterclass: Editing Your Crime Novel



Anna Snoekstra




You’ve sweated, you’ve cried, you’ve spent way too long in the scary parts of the internet. Finally, you’ve finished the first draft of your crime novel. It’s a messy, uneven, plot-hole filled beast that you now need to tame. But where to start? This intensive workshop will show you how to look your manuscript in the eye and beat it into shape.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • How to ratchet up the suspense of your manuscript
  • A series of structural methods to make sure your reader stays hooked
  • The mechanics of page turners
  • Where to start and end your story
  • How to clarify the psychological depth of your characters

Participants will be invited to submit a one-page synopsis and the first five pages of their manuscript a week ahead of the workshop so Anna can familiarize herself with their projects. 

About the Tutor:

Anna Snoekstra is a novelist and screenwriter living in Melbourne. Her short work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Griffith Review and Crimereads. Her first novel Only Daughter was released in 2016 and was optioned by Universal Pictures to be a feature film. Since then, she has published two more crime novels in more than twenty countries: Little Secrets and The Spite Game. Her new novel Out of Breath is on shelves now. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 10 February 2023 - 4:00
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