Cops, Creeps and Crackheads: Writing Crime Fiction with Mike Nicol.

7-14 June

Cops, Creeps and Crackheads: Writing Crime Fiction

Presenter: Mike Nicol

Molyvos, Lesvos.

Mike Nichol


The inspector lowered the nine mil …

Writing crime fiction is one of the most exciting projects a writer can undertake. The characters are larger than life, the plot hums and the action comes thick and fast.

This workshops aims to help both beginner and practising crime fiction writers get to grips with the genre and the essentials of writing fast-paced stories. The emphasis is on the practical, examining what the crime novel demands of story, plot, characters, and dialogue.

The first session will provide a background to the various sub-categories within the genre – be it hard-boiled, cosy, PI, police procedural, gangster, or psychological thriller. The following sessions will focus on developing a crime story and credible characters, the necessity of devoting effort to a solid plot, developing suspense, composing the irresistible kick-start chapter, and writing dialogue.

By the end of the week you should have a plot and a first chapter that will launch your story.

Mike Nicol is an author of some twenty books, a journalist, editor and a teacher of creative and non-fiction narrative writing. His recent novels include the crime thrillers (Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart (collected as The Revenge Trilogy), Of Cops & RobbersPower Play and Agents of the State. His thrillers have been published in various countries including the UK and US, and are translated into a number of languages. They have all featured on the KrimiZeit Top 10 in Germany and he has been shortlisted for the VN Thriller of the Year award in Holland and the Prix SNCF Du Polar in France. His non-fiction includes memoirs, biographies and reportage. He has also published two volumes of poetry.


Tariffs include accommodation, two meals per day and course fee; travel excluded.

Single: €1 200

Sharing pp: €1 040

To book: email info@thetalkingtable.com