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Lenny BartulinArmed and Dangerous: The Craft of Crime Fiction

with Lenny Bartulin and P.M. Newton

Allen & Unwin
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
(Please note access is via stairs)

Maximum of 15 students


PM NewtonCrime writing is an exciting, wide-ranging and creatively satisfying genre. This comprehensive six-week course is aimed at writers who need help in establishing the early bearings of a story idea, as well as those who have begun a novel but have stalled, and require advice or encouragement on how to make it to that elusive final chapter.

The course offers the opportunity to work with two established authors of crime fiction, who will assist writers in discovering the many tools and techniques that constitute great crime writing. Week by week, the many elements that contribute to creating a piece of crime fiction will be examined, including plot, place, dialogue and characters.

The course will also provide writers with an understanding of the crime fiction genre and encourage them to find their place within it. The works of leading crime writers will be discussed and examples from their texts will be used to illustrate the various forms and approaches to crime writing.

Classes will include the completion of a short piece of work that will contribute to the writer’s idea for a novel, or their already begun project. The course culminates in a full day student workshop and a short one-on-one consultation with their tutor.

About the Course Directors

Lenny Bartulin is the author of A Deadly Business (published in the US as Death by the Book) and The Black Russian, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction. He has published poetry, short stories and reviews in numerous publications. In 2009, he presented the book review pay-TV show Bookstop on the Ovation Channel. He has taught writing workshops at the NSW Writers’ Centre and presented talks on writing at literary festivals and schools. His latest novel, De Luxe, is the third book in the Jack Susko mystery series.
Read a Q & A with Lenny on Allen & Unwin's Crime City blog

P. M. Newton spent thirteen years in the NSW Police Force before finally having enough of meeting people for the first time on the worst day of the their life. In 2011, her first book, The Old School was shortlisted for an Indie Award, a Ned Kelly Award and was joint winner of the 2011 Asher Award. It was described by Andrew Rule (Underbelly) as "an arresting debut: astonishingly accomplished and as authentic as a .38 bullet wound". Pam has a Masters by Research from UTS in Creative Writing and has given papers on Crime Fiction at conferences in Australia and the UK. She has taught creative writing at UTS, NSW Writers’ Centre, Queensland Writers’ Centre and appeared at various writers' festivals. Her second book, a sequel to The Old School will be published in 2011.
Read a Q & A with P.M. Newton on Allen & Unwin's Crime City blog

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.