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August 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Creating a Compelling Opening – An Online Writing Workshop

Samantha Lee Howe
Samantha Lee Howe


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Have you ever wanted to try your hand at writing a thriller?

Join author Samantha Lee Howe at this online writing workshop and explore how to introduce tension to shock, thrill and captivate your audience in your opening paragraphs.

During the workshop you will have a chance to practice some writing and hear feedback from Samantha and other participants if you wish. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of the workshop.

This is a writing workshop so please have a pad and pen handy.


Pay What You Can
We invite you to Pay What You Can for this workshop. You may choose to pay any amount you wish. The standard price is £5 but if you are able to pay more for your ticket, you will help support Essex Book Festival and our efforts to make the festival accessible to those with limited means.


About the Author

Samantha Lee Howe began her professional writing career in 2007 and has been working as a freelance writer for small, medium and large publishers, predominately writing horror and fantasy under the pen name Sam Stone. This body of work includes 13 novels 5 novellas, 3 collections, over 40 short stories, an audio drama and a Doctor Who spin-off drama that went to DVD.

A former high school English and Drama teacher, Samantha has a BA (Hons) in English and Writing for Performance, an MA in Creative Writing and a PGCE in English.

Samantha lives in Lincolnshire with her husband David.

Find out more about Samantha and her writing at samanthaleehowe.co.uk

Samantha’s latest book, The Stranger in Our Bed is out now.

The Stranger in Our Bed