Creating a Fictional Detective – with Jacqueline Roy

Date: Tuesday 4 June
Time: 7.30- 9pm
Price: £25
First Tuesday Writers
Zoom / Online

Creating a Fictional Detective – with Jacqueline Roy

In Jacqueline Roy’s novel, The Gosling Girl, Detective Natalie Tyler is uncomfortable in her role as a police officer, and this has a significant impact on the development of the plot.

In this workshop, we will be thinking about the role of the detective in the crime fiction genre. Through discussion of the conventions of the genre, and practical written exercises that focus on character development, we will consider strategies for creating an original and memorable detective.

About the tutor

Jacqueline Roy was born and raised in London. Her father was Jamaican and her mother was English and she comes from a family of writers.
She did her degrees as a mature student and was a lecturer in English for many years, specialising in Decolonial Literatures and Creative Writing. She also taught on the MA programme at MMU’s Writing School.

Jacqueline is now a full-time writer of fiction. She has written six books for children, published by mainly by Penguin Children’s books and Walker’s, and three novels for adults: The Fat Lady Sings, republished by Penguin (2021) The Gosling Girl (2022) and In Memory of Us (2024) both published by Simon & Schuster.

About First Tuesday Writers

First Tuesday Writers is here to keep your writing fresh. Taking place on the first Tuesday of every month, each 90 minute session offers a deep dive into a writer’s creative world – designed to challenge and energise you, and lead you to new creative discoveries.

Every writer and every form of writing has something unique that we can learn and put to use in our own work. These workshops are all opportunities to learn from radically diverse writers – including poets, bloggers, crime writers and much more. Drop in for one or two events or sign up to them all: either way, you’ll leave buzzing, and ready to do your best and most innovative work.

Low cost places available

We believe the price of our courses should never be a barrier to your learning. If you are unable to pay for a place on this event, contact us to apply for a bursary place.