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Most of us can never get enough advice on writing, not least from successful authors. Sometimes, if I’m honest, it can be an easy distraction from doing the actual bum-on-seat work, but there is great advice out there, such as on sites like

Now the powerhouse behind, Vanessa O’Loughlin, has joined author Carrie King and others in creating what sounds like an exciting new online resource, which promises the advice and wisdom of serious authors. WritersWebTV offers online free-to-watch-live writing workshops. People can watch them for free as it runs live. You only pay if you want to download the workshop to keep the course.

It was officially launched on Saturday, Sept 28, with the first workshop “Writing for Children and Young Adults”.  The next one up, on Oct 30, sounds particularly interesting for crime writers and readers: Crime Pays: Writing Crime Fiction.

The WritersWebTV blurb says: “Best-selling crime authors Ken BruenJane CaseyDeclan Hughes and Niamh O’Connor will be taking part. Multi-award-winning Ken Bruen – the author of the Jack Taylor series which has become a TV hit starring Iain Glen – will talk through writing great hook-lines and how to develop characters across a series. Jane Casey, author of the Maeve Kerrigan series of crime novels will guide participants through the basics of narrative and plot. Declan Hughes – author of the Ed Loy PI series – rigorously plans his writing and he’ll be giving his insights on how to plan for your novel while being open to new sources of inspiration. Niamh O’Connor, one of Ireland’s leading crime journalists, will lead us through the research process and crack the code of juggling family, writing and a day-job.”

The one-day workshops are streamed live from a broadcast studio in Dublin. The authors interact with an in-studio audience of aspiring writers, who present their work for critique. Online viewers can communicate with those in the studio using Twitter, Facebook or email. They can ask a question, take part in a workshop exercise, comment online and benefit from on-screen feedback from the authors in-studio.

The next workshop after the crime one sounds equally interesting, Getting Published on Saturday, Nov 9.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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