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Authors John Connolly and Richard Godwin lead writing masterclasses

John Connolly Tuesday 17 November 2015

Leading Irish crime writer John Connolly and widely-published London-based noir writer Richard Godwin led two writing masterclasses at Hope.

John Connolly spoke about his experiences as a writer of crime fiction and offered a comprehensive tour of the different commercial genres. He encouraged students to think of themselves as creative individuals and stressed the importance of developing their own writerly voice. John also focussed on the importance of tenacity in developing a career as a writer and the ambition required to succeed. The author has published over twenty novels, including the best-selling Charlie Parker mysteries.

Noir-writer Richard Godwin also discussed the personal qualities required to succeed as a commercial writer, emphasising the hard work required to meet deadlines and fulfil contracts. He offered detailed descriptions of his writing process and practical advice about how to start writing your first novel. Richard is the author of seven commercially-successful novels in the noir genre and his work has been translated into several languages.

Both writers included creative writing exercises on genre during the Crime and Commercial Fiction classes, which students shared with the group for feedback. John and Richard also led a lively Q&A, exploring the realities of marketing, working with an agent and the business of selling commercial fiction. 

Picture: John Connolly with Dr Jacqui Miller. 

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