Do You Dream of Writing a Book? Watch Dervla’s Writing Studio

Do You Dream of Writing a Book? Watch Dervla’s Writing Studio

Do you dream of writing a book?

Bestselling author of The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn, Dervla McTiernan is here to help make that dream a reality. Dervla recently held a 4-week LIVE writing class on the Better Reading Facebook page, providing course materials afterwards. For those of you who couldn’t make the live sessions, or who want to review the classes, find our Writing Studio playlist here. Also, please find some wonderful lesson notes and extra material below.

June 5 – Session One – Ideas

Download the Writing Studio Worksheet – Ideas

Also available, Dervla’s Instagram story image below.

June 12 – Session Two – Characters

Download instructions

Download character sheets

Also available, Dervla’s character prompts below.

 

June 19 – Session Three – Structure & Outlining

No downloadable material for this week, but Dervla recommends that people go to the Reedsy Blog on Three Act Structure and download their template for completing a three act structure. 

Join us for the final session…

June 26 – Session Four – Self-Editing … and getting published!

Want to know more? Visit Dervla’s Writing Studio site here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews

Try Before You Buy: Dervla McTiernan's Fabulous New Novel, The Good Turn

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2 March 2020

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    27 February 2020

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      Dervla McTiernan Proves she's Here to Stay with The Good Turn

      Review | Our Review

      25 February 2020

      Dervla McTiernan Proves she's Here to Stay with The Good Turn

        Tense, Atmospheric, Astute: Read an extract from The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

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        22 February 2019

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          19 February 2019

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                  Publisher details

                  The Good Turn
                  Author
                  Dervla McTiernan
                  Publisher
                  HarperCollins
                  Genres
                  Australian Fiction, Crime Fiction
                  Released
                  24 February, 2020

                  Synopsis

                  With her third novel Dervla McTiernan confirms she's a born storyteller' – Val McDermidThe unputdownable new novel from the bestselling author of The Ruin and The Scholar.Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected events that will prove to be linked by one small town.While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn't far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men.

                  Synopsis

                  From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Ruin comes a compulsive new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly.Being brilliant has never been this dangerous ...When Dr Emma Sweeney stumbles across the victim of a hit and run outside Galway University late one evening, she calls her partner, Detective Cormac Reilly, bringing him first to the scene of a murder that would otherwise never have been assigned to him.A security card in the dead woman's pocket identifies her as Carline Darcy, a gifted student and heir apparent to Irish pharmaceutical giant Darcy Therapeutics. The multi-billion-dollar company, founded by her grandfather, has a finger in every pie, from sponsoring university research facilities to funding political parties to philanthropy - it has funded Emma's own ground-breaking research. The enquiry into Carline's death promises to be high profile and high pressure.As Cormac investigates, evidence mounts that the death is linked to a Darcy laboratory and, increasingly, to Emma herself. Cormac is sure she couldn't be involved, but as his running of the case comes under scrutiny from the department and his colleagues, he is forced to question his own objectivity. Could his loyalty to Emma have led him to overlook evidence? Has it made him a liability?
                  Dervla McTiernan
                  About the author

                  Dervla McTiernan

                  Dervla McTiernan's debut novel, The Ruin, was a critically acclaimed international bestseller published around the world. The Ruin won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, the Davitt Award for Best Adult Fiction and the Barry Award for Best Original Paperback, and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. It was on the Amazon US Best Book of the Year list in 2018 and screen rights were snapped up by Hopscotch Features. Dervla's second book, The Scholar, debuted into the Nielsen Bookscan Top 5 on release in 2019, and her third, The Good Turn, went straight to no.1, confirming her place as one of Australia's best crime writers. Born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven, Dervla practised as a corporate lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now lives with her husband and two children. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla now writes full time.

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