Into Darkness: 8-week course + Taster in Wivenhoe, UK


Into Darkness - Taster Session

Writing thriller, crime & conflict
Where: Wivenhoe Bookshop
When: 23 September 2017
Cost: £6


Into Darkness - 8-week course

Writing thriller, crime & conflict
Where: Wivenhoe Bookshop
When: from 7 October 2017
Cost: £120


Meet creative writing tutor Andrew Reynolds and enjoy a taste of what’s to come on our new ‘Into Darkness’ course.

Welcome to the scene of the crime. The evidence is inconclusive. The mystery unsolved. It’ll take a maverick to piece together the clues and figure out the whole story. A maverick like you.

This standalone workshop is a short introduction to writing thriller, crime and conflict, and a fun preview of our 8-week Into Darkness course. After fuelling your imagination, we’ll set you loose on the page so you can begin to transform a villainous idea into a page-turning story.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 824050


From best-selling novels to blockbuster movies and popular TV dramas, dark themes abound and it’s not surprising. If you think of your favourite stories, you will be hard pressed to find one that doesn’t feature some kind of adversity and the desire to overcome it. The greater the adversity the more we feel compelled to keep turning pages, to keep listening or watching. Into Darkness explores the dingiest recesses of your imagination to create compelling scenes, memorable characters and despicable antagonists.

We’ll examine the art of writing drama, conflict and action. We’ll learn how to create exciting plots and how to bring human suffering to the page. Will good prevail in the end? That will be up to you.

Week 1: Creating the scene of a crime

Week 2: Establishing a memorable protagonist

Week 3: Revealing the evil adversary

Week 4: Building drama and conflict

Week 5: Using twists and turns

Week 6: Bearing witness to atrocity

Week 7: Overcoming a monster

Week 8: Consequences and loose ends

There will be a homework of up to 500 words each week, so you can put what you learn into practice and then share your creativity with the group. All you need bring is a notepad, a pen and good humour. No torches are required.

Classes will meet on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of October and the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th of November.

The fee for this 8 week course is £120.00.

Book your place by email, or call us on 01206 82405

Wivenhoe Bookshop, High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BE