Wivenhoe Bookshop Magazine & Newsletter | Monday 20 November 2017

Into Darkness – Thriller, Crime & Conflict Writing Course

Into Darkness

An 8 week Course with Andrew Reynolds

3 – 5pm from Saturday 7th October

Wivenhoe Bookshop

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

About the Course

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 824050

About Andrew Reynolds

Andrew L Reynolds, M.A. is a fiction writer. His most recent work, a speculative fiction thriller set in a near-future London, was written whilst completing a novel writing MA at City University.

Writing has always been his guilty pleasure,  and Andrew has a life-long love of all things crime, thriller, sci-fi and fantasy. Everything from books to cinema to computer games and tabletop role-playing became lessons in storytelling.

Andrew Reynolds

In the intervening years his primary work has been as a singer, lyricist, top-line songwriter and voice coach. As a lyricist he discovered a passion for poetry, working as a voice coach fulfilled his desire to help others to develop their potential and his experience as performer has helped him to become an engaging speaker and teacher.

Since completing his MA Andrew has been working with poet and life-writer, Fiona Mason to create and deliver creative writing courses and retreats with Word after Word, both in England and in Spain.

Into Darkness will explore the art of writing thriller, crime and conflict in fiction; how to bring dark or difficult content to the page and most importantly, how to transform your ideas into page-turning stories.

Student Testimonials

Here are some comments from Andrew’s recent students:

“A supportive leader, who inspires confidence.”

“Well-structured, prepared and delivered with humour and sensitivity, inspiring me to write, equipped with knowledge and skills I could never have gleaned from my reading experience.”

“A great feeling for explaining even difficult contexts in a simple way.”

“A teacher whose love for writing shines through.”

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


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