Creative Writing Teaching

I believe that writing a novel is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things you can do - a huge act of will and faith. I love helping people to achieve their dream of finishing one. Have a look at my blog for more thoughts on writing.

Ahead of my workshop at the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, I guested on the National Centre for Writing’s podcast to discuss techniques for crafting characters for crime fiction. Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna.


I regularly give workshops on the following topics (and others!) I've taught for many people including the Arvon Foundation, Guardian Masterclasses, Spread the Word, Skyros, Chalk the Sun, Queen's University Belfast, and more. I also give talks at festivals and for writing groups. I also ran the Crime Writing MA at City University London for five years. If you'd like to book me for something, please do drop me a line! And check the events page for any upcoming ones.

  • ​Creating Suspense

  • Writing Crime Fiction

  • Just get on with it! How to finish your book

  • What is a story? The nature of story and plot

  • Working with viewpoint and character 

  • Dialogue 

  • How to Get Published 

  • Dealing with blocks and barriers


Chairing a panel on the future of publishing at the Festival of Writing, 2015. Apparently there is one! Who knew? 

Book Festivals

I love attending these and have been to many including: Cheltenham, Belfast, Harrogate, Bristol Crimefest, Crawley Wordfest, Henley, Get Writing, Festival of Writing, Alfriston, and more. I'm available to be on panels, teach workshops on creative writing, or act as chair.

A Few Of The Books I've Worked On!


What People Say


Ruth Heald

Claire is an expert in crime writing and her guidance and encouragement has been invaluable. Her editorial feedback on my novel was spot-on and enabled me to make changes that improved my book. 


Course attendee

Thank you for your course today – it was a real insightful day and very helpful


Masterclass attendee

Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say how much I enjoyed your masterclass last Sunday. It has given me much to think about, and the incentive to work on my book