Monday, December 3, 2012

Mystery and Murder at Carousel Creates

I was delighted on Saturday to officially open Carousel Creates, a writing retreat in the Dublin Mountains run by the energetic and talented Carolann Copeland. 

To find out more, you can visit the Website here @ http://www.carousel-creates.com

Mystery and Murder of the fictional sense were in the air for an afternoon of 'Crime Writing' & lots of other writerly stuff, given my yours truly with a great bunch of creative souls you can see below. All participants willing to embrace the theme wholeheartedly after a wonderful lunch, with beautiful views for inspiration!

The workshop comprised of the following material, with time whizzing by us, and the sense that not only were some wonderful words created, but we also had a whole lot of fun while creating them!

Crime Writing – Carousel Creates


2.15 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Facilitator: Louise Phillips – Author of RED RIBBONS
2.15 – 3.15
How to write a good pitch letter
The Do’s & the Don’t

Contract Notes

Research – Why & How 

3.15 – 4.00
Mood Boards - Use of visual prompts (with practical examples)

Followed by writing exercise based on sample Crime Covers - getting the hook in your opening page

4.15 – 5.15
Social Media is here to stay - Why and how we need to be part of it

Essential Elements of Crime Writing Plot, character, tension and pace.

5.15 – 5.30

Closing Writing Exercise based on word prompt – (10 minutes)

To book for the next Crime Writing Workshop, which will be a Full Day on 'Crime Writing' on Saturday February 9th, contact Carolann Copeland  HERE


  1. It's a red ribbon! How did they know to get a red ribbon?!

    What a great looking place - congratulations all, and happy writing.

  2. Thanks Titus! And what other colour ribbon could there be?!


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