The McGowan Method
Have you always felt you have a novel in you? You've come to the right page. I've been teaching this craft for more than ten years, including running the UK's first ever MA in crime writing for five years. At least fifteen of my former students or mentees are now successfully published.
I've run many popular workshops for the Arvon Foundation, Guardian Masterclasses, Spread the Word, Skyros, Chalk the Sun, Queen's University Belfast, the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, and plenty more. Below are some of the topics I cover, but I'm always interested to collaborate on something new. Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.
Writing Crime Fiction
Just get on with it! How to finish your book
What is a story? The nature of story and plot
Working with viewpoint and character
How to Get Published
Dealing with blocks and barriers
Guest Lectures & Talks
Whether it's at a festival, university, or online, I love talking about writing. Recently I guested on the National Centre for Writing podcast, but I've also appeared at festivals including Cheltenham, Belfast, Harrogate, Capital Crime, FIL Guadalajara, Bristol Crimefest, Crawley Wordfest, Henley, Get Writing, Festival of Writing, Alfriston, and many more. Drop me a line if you'd like to book a lecture or talk.
What's been said...
"Claire is an expert in crime writing and her guidance and encouragement has been invaluable. Her editorial feedback on my novel was spot-on and enabled me to make changes that improved my book." — Ruth Heald
"Thank you for your course today – it was a real insightful day and very helpful." — Course attendee
"Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much I enjoyed your masterclass last Sunday. It has given me much to think about, and the incentive to work on my book." — Masterclass attendee