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March 29, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • For Writers
  • Workshop

Creating a Compelling Opening

Samantha Lee Howe
Samantha Lee Howe


Park Inn Palace Hotel, Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
£15 (27 yrs and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

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

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

This is a writing workshop so please bring a pad and pen.


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.


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Park Inn Palace Hotel
Church Road
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL
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Hearing Loop:

Park Inn Palace currently has no hearing loop systems installed. Essex Book Festival has a mobile Roger Pen hearing loop system, which needs to be booked by individuals in advance at least three days before the event. If you would like to use the Roger Pen email [email protected]