There are new lesson instalments on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.
Session 1: Grasp the Golden Hour – Get to know your group and the crime scene, discuss the difference between authentic crime fiction and reality, and find out whether you’re a naturally deeply procedural crime writer or if policing is more ancillary to your plotting. You’ll enter our Virtual Crime Scene and meet the crime-scene experts, with a briefing between a crime scene investigator and senior investigating officer, and learn about crime-scene management. Writing assignment: outline your lines of enquiry and the characters you’ll write about during the course. Then join a live webchat with Graham and the CSI to discuss your findings.
Session 2: Profile Your Protagonist – Graham fills you in on latest developments from the virtual crime scene, summing up what should have been achieved 24 hours in. Compare real SIOs at a crime scene with fictional protagonists, thinking about what makes a compelling protagonist for a crime story or series. Writing assignment: build a picture of your fictional lead police officer and show them at this point in the investigation, giving insight into their character.
Session 3: Dramatise the Hunt – 36 hours on from the crime, Graham updates you on progress, and what you need to take a fictional investigation story forward in time and action. We’ll look at crafting killers, reading extracts to see how different writers adopt different types of killers. Listen to an expert behavioural analyst on reading character traits from scenes and raising the stakes. We’ll also move on to the interview stage, and ways to using interview scenes to build draa. Join a live webchat with Graham and our behavioural analyst on catching suspects, ways to make your antagonists worthy adversaries, limitations on the police – and how to get round them.
Session 4: Quiet Writing Time – Using what you’ve learned over the past few weeks, you’ll write and edit 2,000 words featuring your police officer, suspect and the investigation ready to upload by the end of the course. Or work on a 2,000 piece from a work in progress. Graham offers tips and guidance as you write, and we encourage you to read and respond to your peers’ developing stories.
At the end of the course, Graham will provide feedback on your writing.