To get the most out of the Crime Writing Workshop at the 2016 Five Glens Festival:

 1.    Fill out the Pre-Workshop Questionnaire and post it to Tom Sigafoos (address below).

 2.    Send a sample of your writing for review. Guidelines:

 a)    Up to 1000 words, typed and double-spaced.

 b)    No handwritten drafts will be reviewed.

 c)    Samples may be sent by post or by e-mail.

 d)    Writing samples must be received by Friday, 19 August. 


Must I send in a Pre-Workshop questionnaire?

No, but if you do, you'll help focus the Workshop on the most useful topics.

Will all of my questions be answered in the Workshop?

The Questionnaire is intended to help identify topics of shared interest among the participants. If several participants want to discuss self-publishing, I'll be sure to cover that. If you're the only participant who wants to explore the influence of semiotic theory in The Name of the Rose, we'll save that conversation for another day.

If I send a writing sample, will it be held in confidence?

I'd like to use quotations from the writing samples as examples for the group. If you prefer, you can mark your samples as confidential. Either way, I'll return your sample with written comments.

Will the Workshop include real-time writing exercises?

There will be at least one short writing exercise. Depending on the interests of the group as reflected in the questionnaires, we may plan more.

Will there be critique in the Workshop?

In Workshop feedback, I generally use the Amherst Writers' and Artists' Guidelines as described in Writing Alone and with Others by Pat Scheider, emphasising positive feedback. I also use some of Julia Cameron's guidelines for critique (“If this were my story, I'd...”)