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Catherine Sampson

“Writers are people who write, so put pen to paper and let the magic flow.”

Catherine Sampson is a crime writer and creative writing teacher. She believes that, given time and support, anyone can surprise themselves with their own creativity. Eager to encourage nervous writers, who may not have previously ventured into a group, she focuses on creating a constructive and comfortable atmosphere in workshops.

Catherine studied Chinese at university and became a foreign correspondent based in Beijing for a British newspaper before transitioning from fact to fiction. She has published four crime novels for adults under the name Catherine Sampson, and two for young adults under the name Cate Sampson. Her novel Carnaby, published by Simon & Schuster, was reviewed in The Times, as ‘tense, funny and gripping.’ More information can be found on her website, www.catesampson.com.

Catherine lives in London. She retreats to Cornwall to write when she needs to clear her head of distractions.

“Thoughtful, intelligent and pro-active” – Alastair

“Catherine Sampson was an excellent, thought provoking facilitator giving creative and stimulating exercises” – Jilliana

Upcoming Masterclasses

How to Start Your Novel (and how to keep going)

Do you want to write a novel but feel overwhelmed? If you sit and wait for inspiration to strike, you might be waiting for a long time. In this workshop we break things down into manageable tasks.

We go back to basics: What is inspiration, and how do you find it? What kind of story are you interested in writing? How does that kind of book work? How do you create your characters? What function do your characters fulfill? How do you begin to build a plot that will engage readers and keep them reading? We will think about the different kinds of thinking required in research, planning, writing and editing a novel.

And finally, we consider some strategies for keeping going when it gets tough.

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