The ideal course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of writing their first crime or thriller book.
Gain a solid foundation in what makes a successful crime or thriller story and how to go about planning, plotting and writing one.
This ten-week Crime and Thriller Writing 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.
Areas covered will include plotting, characterisation and analysis of all the elements that give a book that page-turning quality. It is suitable for both beginners and also those who have already started writing but need some direction.
“ Excellent course ”
“ Lots of fantastic tips, which would be useful for all sorts of fiction writing, presented in an interesting and engaging way. ”
“ Well-structured, thorough, interesting… It was helpful to be taught by someone with such experience of writing and publishing. ”
“ The course actually exceeded my expectations. It was very thorough, wide ranging, interesting and - I hope - useful. Caroline was an excellent teacher. ”
You will learn a variety of techniques from creating characters that live off the page, to how to build a plot and how to use effective description. Other topics include building tension and pace into your writing; creating crime scene settings; and how to use research to bring veracity to your stories.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
English requirements: No special requirements but delegates must have proficient written and spoken English
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.
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
Caroline Green is an award-winning, best-selling author of crime fiction and YA.
Writing as Cass Green, Caroline has published four bestselling crime novels with HarperCollins. Her first, The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller. The follow up, In A Cottage, In A Wood, was a Sunday Times and USA Today bestseller. Writing as CS Green, she is writing a new genre busting supernatural police procedural, with the first book out in March 2021.
As Caroline Green, she has published three award-winning novels for young adults. Caroline works extensively in schools teaching creative writing and is currently Writer in Residence at East Barnet School.