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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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Best-selling author to run weekend writing workshops

Best-selling crime novelist John Dean is to run two weekend courses for aspiring writers at his home near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

John, author of 17 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 courses based around sense of place from his 19th Century home set in rolling countryside on the weekends of July 6/7 and August 24/25, 2019.

The workshops 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: “Sometimes it can benefit writers to get away from the daily grind and take themselves off somewhere that will spark their creativity. My courses gives them that opportunity.”

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&Bs if required.


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


Creative Writing Course at Kirkcudbright Galleries, Dumfries and Galloway

Friday 15th February – Friday 19th April 2019

Led by John Dean, author of 17 crime novels including the DCI John Blizzard series, in the inspiring Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Cost: £65 for the 10 week course.

Payment for the course and places reserved must be made by Friday 1st February.

This can be made at Kirkcudbright Galleries by cash, cheque or card or over the phone.

The maximum number of participants for this course is 14, but it requires 12 to operate.

If there is not enough interest for the course, all payments will be reimbursed.

More information is available 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.





We can turn your work into ebooks, including designing the cover, which can then be sold on Amazon and other places. Please email for further details.

The books below are available from the Kindle shop at

Australian readers will have to purchase via Amazon US at

* If you don’t have a Kindle, there is a free Kindle reading app for your PC here

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.

Check out our
Free ebook

Writers Toolbox

with hints and tips to get you started

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