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Killer Thrillers: How To Write Criminally Good Crime Fiction

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16th May 2019 - 9:30am to 4:00pm


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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with government guidance, all W&A events are cancelled for the foreseeable future. If you have reserved your place at any of our events, please look out for an email from a member of the W&A team.


Killer Thrillers: How To Write Criminally Good Crime Fiction is an intimate one-day conference for writers intent on putting their protagonists – and readers –  through the sort of twists, turns and devilishly clever narrative that makes for a page-turning thriller.

Designed for no more than thirty attendees, this event, curated by creative writing tutor and best-selling author Cass Green, has been designed to cover the practical elements of plot development, pacing, developing tension, and the art of creating characters your readers will invest in.

After a chance to chat to your partners in crime over lunch, publishing industry professionals Phoebe Morgan (Editorial Director at HarperCollins) and Jamie Cowen (literary agent for Ampersand Agency), join Cass to offer insight into – and take questions on – their role within the publishing process, and discuss what's hot in the crime & thriller marketplace.

This is a chance to network with writing peers, refine your writing craft, and meet industry professionals: an invaluable opportunity as you continue to develop your manuscript. 


09.30-10.00: Registration and welcome teas and coffees

10.00-11.00: Workshop 1: Writing page turners. Understanding plotting and then...

11.00-11.15: Comfort break 

11.15-12.00: Workshop 1: Writing page turners (cont’d). … Developing pace and tension.

12.00-13.00: Lunch (lunch included) 

13.00-14.00: Workshop 2:  Heroes, Villains & Victims 

14.00-14.15: Comfort break

14.15-15.15: Going for the Kill: How to get your work out there. Panel discussion with Phoebe Morgan, Editorial Director at HQ, Jamie Cowen, literary agent at The Ampersand Agency

15.15-16.00: Drinks reception

Speaker Profiles

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Cass Green’s debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller and her second, In A Cottage, In A Wood was a Sunday Times top ten and USA Today bestseller. Writing as Caroline Green, she is also an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks was recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and has taught writing at City University and for Writers and Artist’s Yearbook.

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Phoebe Morgan is an author and editor. She works as an editorial director at HarperCollins, publishing commercial fiction, and her own psychological thrillers (The Doll House, The Girl Next Door and The Babysitter) are published by HQ and have been translated into 8 languages. She is always on the look-out for new voices, particularly in the crime and thriller space. She blogs about the writing and publishing process at 

Jamie Cowen has worked in publishing for 14 years. Before joining Ampersand in 2013 he was a commissioning editor at HarperCollins, and prior to that he worked in legal and contracts departments at HC and the Hachette Group. Jamie is looking for genre fiction of all kinds, including crime, thrillers, SF, fantasy and horror. He is also looking for sport-related non-fiction, and commercial narrative non-fiction, and is keen to see submissions of all genres from BAME and LGBTQ writers.

Event Details

The event will be held at Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3DP. Doors will open at 9.30am, with teas and coffees provided upon arrival.

The talks will begin at 10am prompt, finishing at 4.00pm.

Throughout the day, we will be selling a variety of crime and thriller books, all at discounted prices.

Payment & Booking

The price for this event is £65. 

For other payment options please email

This event capacity is 30. To sign up to the waiting list once the event is Sold Out, email

Bookings can be made by either clicking on the 'Book' buttons at the top and bottom of this page, or by calling 0207 631 5985.

Price inclusive of standard VAT.

Please note that this is not a ticketed event, so you don't need to bring anything on the day as your names will be on our guest-list.


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