William Ryan

William Ryan

William Ryan is the Irish author of six novels. They include, as William Ryan, the Moscow Noir series set in 1930s USSR (The Holy Thief, The Bloody Meadow and The Twelfth Department) and The Constant Soldier, set in Nazi Germany at the end of World War II and due to be published in the US in November 2023. As W.C. Ryan, he has published 2 further novels, A House of Ghosts and The Winter Guest. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Irish Fiction Award, the Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year, the Historical Writers Association’s Gold Crown, The Irish Crime Fiction Award (4 times), a Barry Award, and the Crime Writer Association’s Steel, Historical and New Blood Daggers.

William has also taught Creative Writing at City, University of London and The University of East Anglia, as well as teaching regular courses for Writers & Artists, Guardian Masterclasses and The Irish Writers Centre. He is the author, with Matthew Hall, of Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction for Guardian Masterclasses while his Guide to How to Write: How to Plan, Structure and Write Your Novel was published in 2021 by Writers & Artists. He has tutored or taught more than 30 aspiring novelists who have gone on to be traditionally published, and many more self-published.

William lives in London with his son and is a keen cyclist and licensed mudlark. He is a member of The Detection Club.

William’s upcoming writing classes

  1. Writing Better Fiction

    with William Ryan

    Jun 6, 2023 • 4 week master class

    Live instructor-led videoconferences plus day-to-day interaction on Scribophile

    Beginning writers or writers with some experience who would like to improve

    Critically-acclaimed author William Ryan guides you through a workshop-based introduction to the essential elements of storytelling and writing fiction.

    Class starts in just 1 day! Only 2 seats left!