An intensive week-long crime writing short course. Taught at our Central London campus, 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.