Are you interesting in Crime Writing?


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Crime Writing with Louise Phillips



Wednesday 5th February; 6.30pm–8.30pm

Duration: 8 weeks; Cost: €220/€200 members


This course will cover many elements of successful crime writing – creating tension, pace, memorable characters, effective dialogue, a plot with twists and turns, and an utterly gripping page turning story.


Over the course of the eight weeks, we will use content, weekly workshop exercises, and editorial critique to assist you in sharpening your narrative voice. Research is a huge component of crime writing - how much, how little, and where do you find the answers you're looking for?


Alongside the examination of the area of research, during the course, we will have visits from professionals who will take you step-by-step through crime scene evaluation and the gathering of forensic evidence. Whether you have written a crime a novel and want to improve it, or you have started one, and want the impetus to finish it, or even if you are simply at the idea stage, this course will get you closer to the finish line.



BOOKING LINK - or call 01-8721302


Student Testimonials:

 “I have taken several courses at the IWC and although I must say all of them have been enjoyable and inspiring, Crime Writing with Louise Phillips has been so far the best. She is a great help not only from the point of view of what the genre is about but also about the specific texts she asks her students to do, which she checks with a magnifier glass. Her corrections are always worthy because as a teacher she is devoted, critical and encouraging.” - Bruce Swansey



“I would strongly recommend the crime writing course at the I.W.C. by Louise Phillips. I took the course last Autumn and found it both inspirational and informative. It gave me a vivid insight into the world of crime writing. Everything was covered, from writing styles and techniques to forensics. It made me want to get going and write my crime novel.” - Jennifer Farrell.



“I found the crime writing course with Louise Phillips to be so effective.  Each week was themed and well structured. It helped me with pace and tension in my novel, and how to develop a cracking good plot.  The real life detective element as part of the course was also a ‘wow’ factor for me - learning about true investigations, how a crime scene is worked and preserved, and ultimately how to catch the murderer, and.from someone who has done it in real life. An excellently delivered course by an award winning author gets the five stars from me, and is highly recommended to all aspiring crime writers.” - Patricia Gibney




Born in Dublin, Louise Phillip’s work has been published as part of many anthologies including County Lines from New Island and various literary journals. In 2009 she won the Jonathan Swift Award and in 2011 she was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform. She has also been short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for the RTÉ Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition. In 2012 she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin County Council Arts Division.Louise Phillips is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers, Red Ribbons and The Doll's House, recent winner of the 2013 Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.. She is currently working on her third novel.


I'm delighted to announce that I have signed another 2 Book Deal with Hachette roll on 2014 and 2015!!! Two more psychological crime novels in progress!! Thanks so much to everyone for all your support. Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!! See you on the other side!



RTE 1 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013

To view recording of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2013- click on image below.

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Photgraph by Patrick Bolger

Best Irish Crime Novel 2013

I was absolutely thrilled to receive the award for Ireland AM Best Irish Crime Novel 2013 at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.


I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to everyone who helped make this happen - THANK YOU


Here is what the lovely award looks like!!

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Killer instinct: a golden age of Irish crime fiction

Delighted to be taking part in the Crime Fiction Festival at Trinity this weekend. Hundreds of people have booked and the organisers have had to move venue several times to respond to the demand. The Irish Times did a very comprehenive feature about those taking part in the festival, and, the recent upsurge in Irish Crime Fiction. I'll put the opening of the article and a link to The Irish Times site below, along with a link for ticket information.


Irish Crime Fiction Fest

"Once upon a time, crime writers in Ireland were few and far between. These days it’s not so much a case of “whodunnit”, or even “who’s doing it”, as “they’re all at it”.

A festival of Irish crime writing, being held at Trinity College Dublin this weekend, will celebrate – and examine – the recent blossoming of the genre when it brings together 17 of our best- known practitioners for a series of panel discussions.

What is most striking about the festival programme is the sheer range of writing styles, topics and approaches it represents. A session on “crime and contemporary Ireland” will see former playwright Declan Hughes join the one-time investigative journalist Gene Kerrigan on a panel that also features Brian McGilloway, author of an atmospheric detective series set on the Border in Co Donegal, and Louise Phillips, who writes disturbing psychological thrillers inspired by real-life crimes."

Read Full Article HERE

For ticket information visit HERE