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2016 Dates coming soon....

Writing Crime Fiction    20 - 25 September 2015


Every author needs some space and time to think, write and construct, away from the everyday distractions.  This workshop and retreat offers you a blend of expert coaching, the camaraderie of fellow writers and creative solitude. 


Ok, so you've had the the idea for a crime novel bubbling away for a while; you have the bare bones, the cast and possibly a start, middle and end (not necessarily in that order....).  Now you need to flesh out your work, get to grips with the plot and write from a position of knowledge and credibility.


The course will be facilitated by an accredited Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) who will introduce you to some of the considerations and responsibilities encumbent upon this role. The SIO is reliant upon a team of experts and you will have access to an experienced Crime Scene Investigator (CSI), and a leading Telecomms Intelligence Officer and Digital Media Investigator. They will lead workhops enabling you to understand the technicalities, complexities and legal procedures involved in a major crime investigation - giving you the confidence to write with creative authenticity.


Alongside law enforcement experts, you will also look at the pace and tone of your writing, how to maintain a cohesive narrative and the editing process with an Editorial Consultant and Freelance Writer.                                                                     

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Outline Agenda














Upon booking you will recieve a more detailed agenda



The fees for tutored and coached retreats/workshops:

Single Occupancy     £800.00    Early Bird discount of 10% if booked and paid in full before 13 July*

Twin Occupancy       £600.00    Early Bird discount of 10% if booked and paid in full before 13 July*    

Rooms are allocated on a first come basis, we will do our best to accomodate your request and will inform you on booking if we need to offer you an alternative. Twin rooms will be shared by same sex unless requested otherwise.


Bring a Buddy

If you and a friend register at the same time and take shared occupancy you will enjoy a reduced fee:

Bring a Buddy        £1000.00*  (please register each person separately) 


*PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CAN TAKE ONLY 1 DISCOUNT OPTION - EITHER EARLY BIRD OR BRING A BUDDY - NOT BOTH (sorry we are kind, but not stark staring bonkers....!)


The fee includes all workshops, tutorials and resources (where appropriate), and full board accommodation.  We require £250 deposit on booking and full payment 4 weeks prior to start date.  (please see T&C's)


You are responsible for your own transport; we have ample parking space and can also arrange transfers from public transport drop off points.  Nearest train/bus stations:  Poole/Bournemouth/Salisbury.  Nearest airport:  Bournemouth Hurn Airport.


Would you like your partner/friend to join you on your retreat?  

Whilst you are soaking up your Crime Writing knowledge and getting loads of writing done, they can take in the local sites and places of interest, or relax in the guest lounge and then join you in the evening.   Just £30.00 per night B&B  or  £50.00 per night to include lunch and evening meal.  Call us on 01725 517338 to arrange or put your request in the comments box on the registration page.




We deliberately keep workshops/retreats to a maximum of 10 participants in order for you to get quality 1to1 tutorial time and have personal space








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