The ideal course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of writing their first work of crime fiction, including thrillers.
No starting dates
Starting date to be confirmed
- Duration: 5 weeks (unconfirmed)
- Location: Online (unconfirmed)
Crime and Thriller Writing Summer School Course overview
An intensive week-long crime writing short course teaching you how to write a thriller. This fast-track course is a condensed version of the Crime and Thriller Writing 10 week programme.
Taught online, the course will include an in-depth look at what makes a crime novel and how to make your own writing strong, compelling and ready to submit.
Delivered over five days in a short concentrated burst, you will learn the key elements of crime and thriller writing, including plotting, pacing, tension, characterisation and analysis of all the elements that give a book that page-turning quality. This highly practical course is suitable for both beginners and also those who have already started writing but need some direction.
After this course, students might also be interested in Short Story Writing, Novel Writing and Longer Works, and Writers' Workshop.
Who is it for?
Gain a solid foundation in what makes a successful crime and thriller story and how to go about planning, plotting and writing one.
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The course takes place everyday from 10.30am - 3.30pm over one week from July 19th to 23rd with an hours break for lunch.
Introduction to crime fiction and thrillers
Heroes, villains and victims: creating characters that live off the page
Writing effective dialogue
‘Voice’ and point-of-view
How to plot your novel
Handling pace and adding tension
Writing settings that hook the reader
Using description for tension and atmosphere.
Editing your book
Learn craft of crime fiction from a best-selling thriller writer in just one week over the summer.
What will I learn?
You will learn a variety of techniques from building plot and using effective description to creating dynamic characters that live off the page. You'll also learn how to build tension and pace into your writing; creating crime scene settings; and how to use research to bring veracity to your stories.
The structure of each day will be as follows:
Morning session 10:00-12:00, lunch 12:00-13:00, afternoon session 13:00-15:00
By the end of the week, you will be able to:
- Define what makes a crime story work
- Create believable characters that will live off the page
- Understand plot twists and how to use them to the best effect
- Use effective description in your writing
- Build tension and pace into your writing
- Create settings that evoke a strong sense of place.
Assessment and certificates
There is no formal assessment for the course but students are expected to contribute to class discussions, complete any homework assignments and be open to giving and receiving feedback on their work in progress.
No prior knowledge required as this course is suitable for beginners and also those who would like more direction in their writing.
You will need a good level of spoken and written English to enrol on this course.
Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, Weidenfeld Nicholson, 2013
Someone Else’s Skin, Sarah Hilary, Headline, 2016
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie, Harper Collins, 2007
Slow Horses, Mick Herron, John Murray, 2017