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Join Ned Kelly winner Candice Fox in her first Adelaide appearance to learn about writing unique thrillers that sell! *this session will be streamed*

How do you move on when the world won’t let you?

12:46: Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop

12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her

12:52: The girl is missing . . .

Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction, Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one…

Award-winning author Candice Fox took a real-life situation and an unlikely hero to write Crimson Lake to resounding success and in this three-hour workshop, she’ll walk you through the process of creating characters who aren’t walking cliches, the different types of crime genres, structure, and how to research without losing yourself down dark rabbit holes.

We’ll apply real-life cases to the fiction world in order to understand the difference between a novel that can carry its own weight and a flash in the pan idea. We’ll also hear tips for pitching your own novels to agents and publishers.


Participants will learn about:

  • using real events for inspiration
  • character traits of protagonists and antagonists
  • pitching thriller novels to agents and publishers
  • pace
  • ideas generation


Candice has a student-led style of teaching which makes this workshop suitable for aspiring and emerging authors (and also fans of her work) and will tailor a portion of the workshop to the needs of the participants.


About Candice Fox

Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015, making Candice only the second author to win these accolades back-to-back. She is also the author of the bestselling Fall, Crimson Lake and Redemption Point, all shortlisted for Ned Kelly and Davitt Awards. In 2015 Candice began collaborating with James Patterson. Their first novel together, Never Never, went straight to number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books are published in fifteen languages

Photo credit - Steve Baccon


Venue: Morgan Thomas Room, Institute Building, State Library, North Terrace, Adelaide SA

*this session will also be streamed for those who can't physically make it into the city but won't be as interactive as it will be for the in-person participants. Stream watchers will be able to ask question via the chat function on Zoom.*

Members $88 / Non-members $140


—Not yet a Writers SA member? Join here for as little as $55!

—We strongly recommend all staff, speakers, and attendees of in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You cannot attend if you or a household contact has tested positive within 7 days of the event or if you are ill.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!


  • Starts: November 25th, 2022 1:00 PM
  • Finishes: November 25th, 2022 4:00 PM

Registration Details

Registration for this event ended on November 25th, 2022 11:00 AM