Crime Writing Masterclass with Lin Anderson

Have you a plot for a crime novel that you want to write but you’re not sure where to begin or how to develop your idea?
Stuck on how to keep the pace and momentum going in your story?
Want to keep readers enticed without giving too much away?

These are some of the questions that Lin will be answering during the workshop on Tuesday 28 May at the Skeabost Hotel – 2.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Lin Anderson is a well-known and popular crime novelist, she’s published eight novels and one novella featuring forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod – the latest is Picture Her Dead. Her short story Dead Close was chosen for the Best of British Crime 2011 and is in development as a film. She is a screenwriter, her film River Child won a student BAFTA and the Celtic Film Festival best fiction award. Lin is a currently working on a new Rhona MacLeod novel, The Paths of the Dead.

Areas that Lin will be covering in the masterclass include:
• That first important scene – setting the tone of the crime novel
• How to create crime duos that sizzle
• Structuring your story
• Keeping the secret as long as possible.
• Set up, payoff and the pattern of three
• The importance of Pace and Revelation
• How the end reflects the beginning.
• Parallel themes and stories in the crime novel.

Come along and join us for what we anticipate will be a popular event. Booking is essential – contact us by email at

The event is joint funded by the Reading Room and SBT Live Literature Fund and is free of charge.

The Skye Reading Room is a community group and donations to fund future events and workshops are always welcome.