Many writers have brilliant story ideas but don’t know where to begin. In this workshop with bestselling author J.P. Pomare (Tell Me LiesIn the Clearing), learn different approaches to writing crime fiction and how to maintain narrative tension. Undertake a variety of exercises to help you move from the initial ‘big idea’ to a polished draft full of twists that keep readers turning the pages.

Once you have booked an online workshop, information on how to participate will be emailed to you by 12 April. If you have any queries, please email us at

Sydney Writers’ Festival is sponsoring one place per workshop for writers who may not otherwise be able to participate. Find more information and an online application form.

J.P. Pomare (Australian)

J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer whose work has been published in journals including Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Takahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. His first novel, Call Me Evie, was critically acclaimed and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In The Clearing, Pomare’s second novel, was also a critically acclaimed bestseller as was his latest, Tell Me Lies.