From a Pan Macmillan email:
Today we launch a free creative writing course by twice CWA Gold Dagger shortlisted M. R. Hall. By visiting- and hitting the ‘like’ button at- www.facebook.com/MRHallAuthor , readers can discover M. R. Hall’s Seven Secrets of Successful Crime Writing, through conversational videos and downloadable worksheets. The course at www.facebook.com/MRHallAuthor is completely free and a new secret will be revealed each week, along with three more detailed podcasts, during which M. R. Hall expands on his advice. At the end of the course four amazing prizes will be awarded to the winner of our writing competition:
- A place on an intensive two day creative writing for crime course, run by M. R. Hall and fellow author William Ryan at Goldsboro Books in central London.
- A detailed email critique of the first three chapters of their novel, from Pan Macmillan editor Sophie Orme.
- £200 worth of Pan Macmillan crime books.
- Signed copies of all M. R. Hall titles.
The competition will be judged by M. R. Hall together with Maria Rejt and Sophie Orme, Publisher and Editor at Pan Macmillan imprint Mantle.
This course concentrates on storytelling techniques, how to build dramatic tension, tips for writing conflict, and gives practical advice on structure and characterisation. It is informed by M. R. Hall’s years of experience as a Bafta-nominated television crime writer (on shows including Kavanagh QC and Daziel and Pascoe) as well as his more recent career as the writer of the Coroner Jenny Cooper series.
The course can be found at www.facebook.com/MRHallAuthor from January 28th, with one video a week being revealed. Six out of the seven videos will only be accessible via the author’s facebook page, but one will be widely available for everyone, which you can see below.
The launch of the course coincides with publication of M. R. Hall’s new hardback The Chosen Dead and new paperback The Flight, both part of the Coroner Jenny Cooper series.
Both The Flight, and the first book in the series, The Coroner, were shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association’s prestigious Gold Dagger award for best crime novel of the year.