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  • Welcome to Inscribe Media

    Welcome to the website of Inscribe Media Ltd, a company founded by John Dean and Frances Griss, freelance journalists working in the North East of England. Backed by three decades of experience, they have run their own company for seventeen years.

    Inscribe Media offers writing for newspapers, magazines, company newsletters, leaflets and publicity displays.

    The company offers photography, design, editing and printing services, some carried out in-house and some contracted out to reliable and good quality businesses with whom we have worked for many years.

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Creative writing course at Kirkudbright Galleries

I am delighted that the dates for the next creative writing course at Kirkudbright Galleries have been announced.

Writing Course with Author John Dean - October 18-December 6

Kirkudbright Galleries, Kirkudbright, Dumfries and Galloway

The course will examine ways in which prose writers, be it those creating short stories or novels, can trigger a reaction in their reader. The eight-week course will guide participants through a number of thought-provoking writing exercises, to enhance their skills as writers. Beginner writers are welcomed on this course.

Every Friday for eight weeks | 10:30am – 12:30pm

More information at


Authors given chance to write a Halloween ghost story in a haunted castle

Buittle Castle and best-selling novelist John Dean have teamed up to run a workshop on how to write a ghost story in the spooky surroundings of the Medieval Tower House near Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway.

The event, which will take place between 3-8pm on Halloween, Thursday October 31, 2019, will help writers to tap into their reader’s inner fears to conjure up a truly spine-chilling ghost story.

During the workshop, they will be wondering if the castle’s ghostly dog makes an appearance in the main hall where it has been reported on several occasions.

The workshop will help the writers to explore a sense of place in their writing by taking advantage of the unique surroundings of the castle, which today offers B and B accommodation and is a venue for weddings and other functions.

The site itself can be traced back to Iron Age farmers and the Romans may also have used Buittle to disembark in their conquest of Scotland.

In the 13th Century, Buittle Castle belonged to Allan, Lord of Galloway and it has a long connection with the Baliol family and the kings of Scotland.

James Cavendish, co-owner of the Castle, said: “The workshop is something new for the castle and its rich atmosphere lends itself perfectly to ghost stories.”

John Dean, who is best known as a crime novelist and lives near Castle Douglas, has been running creative writing workshops through his company Inscribe Media Limited for twenty years.

He said: “The ghost story is one of the oldest literary genres and gives the writer the opportunity to play on the fears of the reader to create truly powerful pieces of work.

“Key to success is creating atmosphere and having the opportunity to run a workshop on Halloween amid the unique surroundings of Buittle Castle, with all its history, should prove to be a truly memorable experience.”

The workshop costs £55, including a meat or vegetarian lasagne supper, and for more information, or to book a place, you can contact John Dean at or 07889 554931

More information on the castle can be obtained at Buittle Castle


Best-selling author announces 2020 writing workshop dates

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean has announced the 2020 dates for weekend writing workshops at his home near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

John, author of 18 novels and currently published by London-based The Book Folks, is the creator of the popular DCI John Blizzard and DCI Jack Harris series.

He will run two courses, based around sense of place and the mechanics of storytelling,  from his 19th Century home set in rolling countryside on the weekends of July 4/5 and August 22/23, 2020.

The workshop will be suitable for writers of all prose genres and will be ideal for either individuals, including those planning to holiday in the area, or writing groups.

John said: “This will be the third year that we have run these workshops and the feedback has been very positive.

“The opportunity to stand back from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on writing is clearly something that appeals to writers.

“The workshops have inspired some very creative work and, at a time when more and more publishing opportunities are opening up, the writers taking part have appreciated advice on how to impress a publisher or agent with their work.”

The cost is £95 per person, including catering, and you can find out more by emailing Inscribe Media Limited, of which John is a director, on

The course is non-residential but advice can be offered on local B and Bs/hotels.


Seeking inspiration for ‘The Novel’

Author Michael Beck, who is based in the North East of England, tells the story behind the writing of his debut crime novel Harry’s Torment, published by Inscribe Media

When I took early retirement from HM Customs & Excise, I decided to finally write ‘The Novel’. What to write about?

The answer came from 38 years of watching people, not only in the department but in other organisations and businesses that I had seen, and sometimes, interacted with.

They were then put into a mental blender and the major characters in the book took form and inhabited the fictitious east coast port of Thirlston.

The resulting crime novel is not a whodunnit as we very soon know who the heroin baron is; the question is whether he will be caught.

We are introduced to Harry Williams, the senior Customs Officer responsible for all the anti-smuggling teams based in Thirlston, and who had been given a free reign to manage his district as he saw fit.

Life for Harry changes dramatically when Helen McGuigan is appointed as his boss and he meets his match as a manipulator and a user of other people.

Very quickly, the conflict between them impacts upon Harry’s working relationship with other people, especially one of his team leaders, Colin Daley. The novel charts the work of Colin and his team, the local police and the activities of the local heroin ‘baron’ who operates on a number of levels in the town.

Colin increasingly becomes a pawn in the struggles between his managers as he strives to deal with a number of smuggling offences, culminating with a seizure of heroin and his attempts to discover who was behind the consignment of drugs.

The novel finishes dramatically as several threads that have run throughout the story are finally pulled together with some surprises for the reader.

The book can be purchased at


Media company moves to Dumfries and Galloway

Inscribe Media Limited has marked its twenty-first year in business by relocating to Dumfries and Galloway.

Having been based in the North East of England for twenty years, it has moved to premises near Castle Douglas.

The business, which employs two people, experienced journalists and company directors John Dean and Frances Griss, carries out work including:

  • Feature writing for magazines and newspapers on subjects including rural issues, science, business, the arts, wildlife and the environment
  • Promotional copywriting, including brochures and newsletters
  • Public Relations
  • Editing for magazines and newspapers
  • Project Management
  • Creative writing projects with arts groups and schools

John Dean, an award-winning journalist with thirty-eight years’ experience, said: “We are delighted to have moved to this beautiful part of the country and are looking forward to working with businesses in the area.”

Frances Griss, a journalist and Public Relations and Communications specialist for more than thirty years, said: “This is a stunning part of the world and we hope to help local businesses celebrate its vibrant economy.”

You can contact the company at:

Mobile: 07889 554931.





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Your chance to

Work 1 on 1

with a Published Writer

We know that writing can be a lonely pastime so we have created an online  service which allows you to gain feedback on your work and discuss issues of concern in your writing with published writer John Dean, author of eleven crime novels and other published authors.

Our aim is to help aspiring writers to improve their technique and improve their chances of being successful, either in competitions or admissions to book and magazine publishers.

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Writers Toolbox

with hints and tips to get you started

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