Sat 7 November 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ellie Marney
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A portrait of Ellie Marney by Justin Bernhaut

This workshop is suitable for early and emerging writers.

Want to know where the bodies are buried? Or maybe you’d like a few clues on what your characters might do if things get forensic, how to keep your mystery mystifying, or how setting might contribute to the crime scene? Examine some of the hooks that drag your reader into the mean streets and keep them there, as well as exploring character development, plotting techniques, and research resources for crime writing.

You will learn

  • Sherlocked – create characters that pull your readers into the mystery
  • Investigate the scene – examine the repercussions of location to get a fresh perspective on the crime in question
  • True grit – learn techniques for creating authentic realism and building tension in your work
  • Plot the perfect murder – explore crime fiction tropes, and how to twist conventions to make them work in your favour
  • Blood spatter, autopsy, and homemade explosives – discover effective ways of researching (and how not to get caught)

About Ellie Marney

Ellie Marney is a qualified teacher and an author. She won the 2010 Scarlet Stiletto Award for women’s short crime fiction, and has since written a YA crime trilogy that has been published in eight countries. Her debut in the series, ‘Every Breath’, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award, the Centre for Youth Literature’s Gold Inky, and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards. She lives in north-central Victoria, with her partner (also a teacher) and four sons.


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