Turning Fact Into Fiction

Turning Fact Into Fiction

Posted on behalf of Sunderland Creative Writing Festival


How to turn everyday situations, normal people and half-formed ideas into an outline for a killer novel.



You may have a great idea for a story but there are still dozens of different ways to tell it. Today will help you plot the way forward.



 An in-depth look at ensuring the characters who drive your story are believable, interesting and above all, worth the reader’s time. 


Fine tuning

A look at all those tricky aspects of novel-writing, such as how and when to research, what to cut and what to save and how to keep going when inspiration dries up.


The next step

At a time when there have never been so many possible outlets for your work, what precisely should you do with your finished work?


We all learn by our mistakes. Thankfully, international bestseller David Mark has made so many mistakes that he is able to spare you the trouble of having to make too many for yourself. 

David Mark

David Mark spent more than fifteen years as a journalist, including seven years as a crime reporter with the Yorkshire Post – walking the Hull streets that would later become the setting for the Detective Sergeant Aector McAvoy novels.

He has written five novels in the McAvoy series, Dark WinterOriginal SinSorrow BoundTaking Pity and Dead Pretty. Dark Winter was selected for the Harrogate New Blood panel, a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. He has recently completed a stint as reader in residence for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

He lives in East Yorkshire with his family. He is a regular contributor to local and national radio and a popular performer at literary festivals.


Twitter: @davidmarkwriter

Facebook: /DavidMarkwriter

10 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
until 10 Mar 2018 at 4:00pm
National Glass Centre
2 Liberty Way

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