Understanding and Writing the Thriller with Ian Nettleton

Saturday 31 August
National Centre for Writing at Dragon Hall
10.00 - 12.30
£ 45.00 - £35.00 conc

Join award-winning writer Ian Nettleton for an experimental thriller writing session.

From the working-class man who finds money in a desert and is pursued by a psychopathic killer to a woman who drinks too much and thinks she witnesses the prelude to a murder, we have always enjoyed reading stories about ordinary people getting caught up in violent worlds that they don’t understand.

In this workshop, we will explore the landscape and moral atmosphere of the thriller, discuss common tropes of the genre, and look at how to plot your story.


Part of NCW Academy

I can’t fault Ian. He is so knowledgeable, a brilliant teacher, and a thoroughly nice man. His class was engaging and I never lost interest even for a moment.

Kim Lusher

Ian Nettleton

Ian Nettleton has a doctorate in Creative & Critical Writing from UEA. His literary thriller Out of Nowhere won the Bath Novel Award 2023. He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Flash Fiction Prize 2019, the Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award 2020, longlisted for the Winter Reflex Fiction Competition 2019 and longlisted for the Ellipsis Flash Fiction Collection Competition 2020.

Ian is an associate lecturer for undergraduate creative writing courses at the Open University, and also teaches on the Open University MA in Creative Writing.

NCW Academy Bursary Programme

There is one bursary space available for this workshop.

You are eligible to apply for an NCW bursary if:

  • You are a full-time student or pensioner
  • You are in receipt of Jobseekers’ Allowance, Disability Benefits, Income Support, Universal Credit or Working Tax Credits
  • You have an income of less than £18,000 per year
  • If none of these apply but you feel you are still eligible, you may be asked to submit a signed declaration outlining your circumstances.

To apply for the bursary placement, email [email protected] with the name of the course/workshop you would like to attend. Please also attach one of the following proofs of low income listed here.

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