I was the first Director of the Crime Writers’ Association, the UK body for professional crime authors, and responsible for the prestigious Daggers awards. I also regularly teach workshops and Chair events on writing. I’ve appeared at events such as the York Festival of Writing, the Get Writing conference, the Essex Book festival, the Plymouth book festival, the Belfast book festival, Crimefest, and more. I’ve also taught for the Arvon foundation, Spread the Word, Chalk the Sun, and Guardian Masterclasses. Contact me if you’re interested in booking a workshop or class.
I also run the UK’s first MA in Crime Writing, at City University in London. If you’re interesting in coming on this, the first-ever genre MA in the UK, do get in touch via the university.
Lesson plan slides2 Slides on ‘Creating Tension’ (used at York Festival of Writing, 2012)
I am also available to review full-length novels and will provide comprehensive feedback at competitive rates, giving advice on how to improve pacing, structure, characterisation and more, with a view to helping your work towards publication. Please contact me for further details.
Testimonials: ‘Claire’s feedback has proved invaluable and her report was packed with tips to improve my manuscript. For all writers seeking an agent or publication, Claire’s advice is second to none’ – Charlie P, writer