Writing Women in Crime Fiction workshop

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Part of Brontë Festival of Women's Writing

Part of Brontë Festival of Women's Writing

From the sexy femme fatale to the nameless girl victim, and from the amateur sleuth to the disillusioned DI, the way women are portrayed in crime fiction can often be reduced to stereotypes. This workshop, led by Staunch Prize founder Bridget Lawless and crime writer Rachel Marsh, will facilitate discussion and writing tasks that help to develop well-rounded and original female characters.

Bridget Lawless is a writer working across film, education, fiction and journalism. She has written extensively on social issues, particularly drugs and violence, for schools. In 2018, having become increasingly concerned about the depiction of violence towards woman in novels, TV and film, and as the #Me Too and Time’s Up movements spread across the world., she founded the Staunch Book Prize. She researches and writes about how sexual, physical and mental violence towards women and girls are represented in popular culture and the impact of rape myths on justice for women. She lives in London in a former asylum for aged and pious women of the parish.

Currently a Doctoral candidate in creative writing with the University of Surrey, Rachel Marsh’s thesis investigates the intersection of satire and crime fiction. Rachel has been teaching literature and writing for twenty years. In 2019, she will be teaching at the Guildford Book Festival, the University of Edinburgh, Lifelong Learning Dundee, and at the Braemar Creative Arts Festival, where she is the writer-in-residence. For the 2019 Dundee Women’s Festival, Rachel presented a sold-out lecture on ‘Gender and Crime Fiction’. She has been published in literary anthologies, as well as academic texts, and as a journalist. Rachel lives in Scotland with her partner and her neighbour’s cat.
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