Your chance to learn the tricks of the author trade

Ettrickbridge-based author John Dodds is offering to give away some of his secrets this year.

Thursday, 5th March 2020, 3:25 pm
Updated Friday, 6th March 2020, 9:57 am
Author John Dodds.
Author John Dodds.

John – whose genre-skipping books have been narrated by the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor Robin Sachs – will be running a series of 10 creative writing classes in his home village from April, for those of who want to learn how to write fiction or develop their existing skills.

John, perhaps best known for his Glasgow crime trilogy, The Kendrick Chronicles, said: “My classes are aimed at both beginner and intermediate level writers, and if you don’t even believe you’ve got even a short story in you, my aim is to prove you wrong and to give you the tools and the confidence to prove to yourself you can do it.”

John has written across different genres of fiction. As well as the gritty crime dramas with Detective Inspector Tom Kendrick, his catalogue includes young adult steampunk (;The Mechanikals), and contemporary humorous work (Cafe Insomnia) as well as shorter works such as novellas in the science fiction and horror genres.

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Three of his short stories received honourable mention in prestigious The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology, and he also had a story in the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday anthology, Shorts V.

John is inviting potentially-interested people to join him for an informal get-together in The Cross Keys Inn, Ettrickbridge next Friday, March 13, at 7pm.

If you are interested, email John at [email protected]