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The Murder One Festival @ DBF: The Murder One Masterclass

5 November, 2020 , 7:00 pm 9:00 pm GMT

€29

Writing Crime with Sam Blake and Jo Spain

In this dynamic masterclass, bestselling crime writers Sam Blake and Jo Spain come together to share the character development and plotting processes that bring their books to the bestseller lists. Whether you are writing a series or standalone, get solid tips to develop your own work and bring it to the next level. Drawing on their individual experiences – Sam as a literary scout and Jo as a screenwriter – Sam will outline what’s needed to attract an agent, and Jo will reveal how a story gets to the screen. Packed full of information and advice, this is an event that you cannot afford to miss.

Tickets include copies Sam Blake’s Keep Your Eyes on Me and Jo Spain’s Six Wicked Reasons, delivered to your door. (Please note that international delivery may be subject to an additional charge).

Sam Blake

Sam’s debut novel, Little Bones (Bonnier), not only launched the bestselling Cat Connolly trilogy, but was also number one in Ireland for four weeks, and was nominated for Irish Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Moving away from police procedurals, Sam is keeping a focus on strong female characters, writing psychological thrillers for Atlantic Books. Keep Your Eyes On Me went straight to number one in January 2020 and The Dark Room is due in January 2021.

Jo Spain

Jo is the author of the bestselling DCI Tom Reynolds series, and standalones including the number one bestseller The Confession (Quercus). A full-time screen-writer, Jo created and co-wrote the critically acclaimed, groundbreaking RTÉ series Taken Down. She is currently working on a soon-to-be-broadcast TV series set in Cambridge, a new RTÉ thriller, and TV shows based in Finland, Iceland and London.

This is a LIVE online workshop


The Dublin Book Festival is brightening up the cool autumn evenings with weekly events from Thursday 24th September until the beginning of the festival. With podcasts, poetry readings and crime-writing classes, you won’t want to miss this jam-packed series of events!

Join us as we take a seat with guests such as Christine Dwyer Hickey, Graham Norton, Dr Marie Cassidy, and Marita Conlon-McKenna and many more to discuss their riveting new books as well as a wide variety of topics, such as the career of a state pathologist, writing historical Irish fiction and how to write a best-selling crime fiction novel.

Click here to view the full programme of events for our Autumn Series.

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