Thanks very much for your interest in my workshops and other seminars. I really enjoy talking about and sharing my love of crime fiction and of writing.
3-5 January 2013
I’ll be giving a presentation at the Clute Institute’s Maui 2013 Conference. My topic will be Breaking Down the Barriers: Blogging as a Way to Connect Students and Teach Writing.
Workshops and Presentations
17 October 2012
I was delighted to give a presentation at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California on fictional detectives and what we can learn from them.
23-26 November 2011
I was delighted to attend the Language, Education and Diversity Conference at the University of Auckland, and giving a presentation on Friday 25 November at 15:00 at the University of Auckland titled The Mystery Novel as Literacy Tool for Today’s Diverse Readers.
Click below if you’re interested in the Power Point for this presentation.
The Mystery Novel as a Literacy Teaching Tool
Savvy Authors very kindly gave me the opportunity to present two deconstruction workshops:
27 December 2010 -2 January 2011
I offered a deconstruction workshop on Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. In the workshop, we looked at the way Christie uses characters, timing, “red herrings” and other devices to weave the story together. We also discussed some of the lessons writers can learn from this novel, and generated some ideas that writers can take away for their own work.
For more information about this online workshop, please visit the announcement at Savvy Authors.
13 June 2011 – 19 June 2011
I offered a deconstruction workshop on Alexander McCall Smith’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. In this workshop, we looked at the way McCall Smith creates a unique sense of place and the way he uses backstory and other strategies to develop characters. We took a look at dialogue, flashbacks and other elements in this novel, too. We also talked about lessons writers can learn from this novel, and generate ideas for writers to use in their own work.
For more information on this online workshop, please visit the announcement at Savvy Authors.