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June 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • For Writers
  • Workshop

How to Build a Baddie – Writing Workshop

Syd Moore
Syd Moore


High House Production Park, Vellacott Close
Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex RM19 1RJ United Kingdom
£15 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Jobseekers)

** This workshop has been cancelled – sorry **

Heroes and villains, cops and robbers: How to build a baddie.

Join Syd Moore for this wicked workshop which explores what makes fictional villains tick. The session will include discussion and creative writing exercises.

Bring a pen and notebook.

Due to some of the content being discussed this writing workshop is for over 18s.


Venue: High House Production Park, Vellacott Close, Purfleet-on-Thames, Essex, RM19 1RJ

Date and time: Saturday 11th June, 12.00 midday

Tickets: £20 / £15 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Jobseekers)

Box Office: Book online or via Mercury Theatre 01206 573948 (10am – 8pm Tuesday to Saturday)

Age: For over 18s


About the author

Syd Moore is a writer, presenter, curator, Royal Literary Fund lector and activist.

Best known for her Essex Witch Museum Mysteries (Strange Magic, Strange Sight, Strange Fascination, Strange Tombs, Strange Tricks) that feature Rosie Strange and Sam Stone and were shortlisted for the Good Reader Holmes and Watson Award 2018, Syd Moore has also written short stories – Strange Casebook (2018) and The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas (2019) , The Twelve Even Stranger Days of Christmas (2020)  – which have been shortlisted for the prestigious ‘dagger award’  by the Crime Writers Association. She has also written two standalone novels, The Drowning Pool (2011), and Witch Hunt (2012) and has been commissioned to write a new series set in the Second World War.

Her debut screenplay, Witch West, has been optioned by Hidden Door Productions with director, Jane Gull (My Feral Heart), at the helm. Moore was also the Assistant Curator of ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition that launched at the O2 in December 2019 and co-curated This is What an Essex Girl Looks Likeat the Beecroft Gallery, as part of her work with the Essex Girls Liberation Front. Having founded the ‘Front’ she spearheaded the campaign to have the definition of ‘Essex Girl’ removed from the Oxford Learners’ Dictionary. And was successful.

For nine years prior to writing Syd was a lecturer, Moore worked extensively in the publishing industry and presented Channel 4’s book programme, Pulp.  She was the founding editor of Level 4, an arts and culture magazine, co-creator of Superstrumps, the game that reclaims female stereotypes. She regularly speaks on radio, television, at universities, on political panels and at festivals about the stereotype and problems that face women today. She is also a UK ambassador for the Danish charity which helps Nigerian ‘witch’ children, DINNødhjælp, and often teams up with Kirsty Brimelow QC, a legal Consultant to Unicef and former legal lead for the United Nations Bar, to speak about Harmful Practices Related to Witchcraft Belief. In 2018 she was appointed Writer-in-Residence for the Essex Book Festival.

Her writing has been described as ‘Dennis Wheatley meets Caitlin Moran’ (Starburst Magazine).

You can find Syd on Twitter @SydMoore1 and on Facebook @SydMooreWriter.



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Vellacott Close
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