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Developing Character and Viewpoint Masterclass - with Claire McGowan

Learn how decisions around your narrator's voice and your choice of viewpoint can make or break your book, while discovering how to develop strong and compelling characters.

09 April 2016 | 9:00am - 3:30pm | £60 (standard) / £40 (friends) / £45 (concession)


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Claire McGowan

Claire McGowan was born in 1981 in a small Irish village where the most exciting thing that ever happened was some cows getting loose on the road. She is the author of The Fall, and The Lost and The Dead Ground in the Paula Maguire crime series. She was previously Director of the Crime Writers' Association and now teaches on the first ever crime-writing MA at City University. Despite being steeped in crime the worst thing she has ever done in real life is walk on some grass when the sign explicitly said not to.

Please note that this workshop will run from 10am - 4.30pm. Sometimes our website changes the times of this. We are investigating this issue and will get it fixed as soon as we can.

Claire McGowan is a very successful writer of fiction. She's the author of three acclaimed crime novels, including The Dead Ground, currently in production as a BBC drama. She also writes contemporary women's fiction (which she describes as 'romance, with jokes') under the pen name of Eva Woods ('A fresh new voice in romantic fiction' – Marie Claire). Claire's success lies in her strong, compelling characters and her skilful use of the narrator's voice which keeps the reader turning the pages, absorbed in her storytelling.

In this affordable, one-day Masterclass which looks at how character and narrator's voice can make or break your book, Claire McGowan will share examples from her own work and the work of others, before setting you practical tasks of your own, and providing feedback on your ideas.

A regular tutor for Spread the Word, Claire's sessions are packed with practical tips, insights and ideas for how you can develop your work and take it up a notch. A fantastic opportunity to spend the day learning from this talented and friendly Guardian Masterclass and City University tutor.

The event will be at:

Islington Central Library, London, N5 1PF