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Troubleshooting Crime: Resolve your crime writing dilemma

P.M. Newtonwith P. M. Newton

Crime writing is a wide-ranging and creatively satisfying but often challenging genre. Troubleshooting Crime: Resolve your crime writing dilemma is a one-day interactive workshop to help the aspiring crime-writer directly target problems with their work and discover solutions. Suitable for those who need help in establishing the early bearings of a story idea, as well as those who have begun a novel but have stalled, and require advice or encouragement on how to make it to that elusive final chapter, it offers the opportunity to work with an established author of crime fiction, who will assist writers in discovering the many tools and techniques that constitute great crime writing.

About the Tutor

P. M. Newton spent thirteen years in the NSW Police Force before finally having enough of meeting people for the first time on the worst day of the their life. In 2011, her first book, The Old School won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award and the Asher Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the Indie Award for Debut Fiction and the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. It was described by Andrew Rule (Underbelly) as 'an arresting debut: astonishingly accomplished and as authentic as a .38 bullet wound'. Pam has a Masters by Research from UTS in Creative Writing and has given papers on Crime Fiction at conferences in Australia and the UK. She has taught creative writing at UTS, NSW Writers' Centre, Queensland Writers' Centre and appeared at various writers' festivals. Her second book, a sequel to The Old School will be published in 2012.

Read a Q & A with P. M. Newton on Allen & Unwin's Crime City blog

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About the Guest Lecturer

Clive Small was a former detective and Assistant Commissioner in the NSW Police Force. The investigations he was involved with include the murder of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay, the Nugan Hand bank, the shooting of undercover police officer Michael Drury, the assassination of Cabramatta MP John Newman and the murders of seven backpackers in Belanglo State Forest, which led to the arrest and conviction of Ivan Milat. He is co-author of the bestselling true crime novels Smack Express, Betrayed and Blood Money.

Clive Small will be a guest of the course and take part in a question and answer session on criminal investigation.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.

How to Make a Booking

To apply for a place in the Troubleshooting Crime course, applicants are asked to submit two pages of their writing in 12pt Times New Roman with 1.5 line spacing, along with a 200 word 'back of book' blurb, together with the application form. Applicants are also invited to submit one question they'd specifically like addressed - about their writing in particular or about writing crime in general. This application material will not be used to exclude anyone, but to tailor the course to requirements.

Please send your application by email to or by post to Faber Academy at Allen & Unwin, PO Box 8500, St Leonards NSW 1590

For further information contact: or phone (02) 8425 0171

Download the application form (PDF)