• Tutor, Tom Bromley

Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction

Are you passionate about crime fiction? Would you like to try your hand at writing it? This four-week online course will introduce you to the conventions of crime fiction, and help you develop ideas, start writing and begin to critique your work.

A great way to understand and practise the conventions of writing crime fiction

  • Taught by practising writers
  • Learn flexibly in our online classroom
  • Work within a community of writers

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Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction

Starts 20 March 2017, £295   Book your place now

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Are you passionate about reading crime fiction? Would you like to try your hand at writing it?

This four-week online course will introduce you to the conventions of crime fiction, and help you develop ideas, start writing and begin to critique your work.

Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction is suitable for new writers looking to expand their range as a writer and reader by exploring and experimenting with writing crime fiction.

Using examples from masters of the craft, such as Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, and featuring exclusive interviews and tips from award-winning crime writer Sarah Hilary, this flexible course features:

  • Four weekly learning sessions, approximately 5–7 hours of study per session
  • Learning materials including videos, podcasts, reading suggestions, practical writing exercises and examples of good practice
  • Guided discussions with fellow learners
  • The opportunity to share your work and give and receive feedback from fellow writers
  • Self-paced study: learn where you like, when you like
  • Mid-course live chat with a guest author



Why creating a convincing sense of place matters in crime fiction, and practical exercises to help you set your crime story.


How writers create compelling characters, and ways to create a unique detective.


Why research is so important for the crime-fiction writer, and how much to incorporate in your work.


Try a longer piece of writing (up to 2,000 words) using all the techniques you have learned during the course. Critique your fellow writers and receive peer feedback in return.


  • Free enrolment into our alumni area so you can continue accessing your course materials.
  • You will have the opportunity to receive feedback on your final exercise from Tom Bromley (for an extra fee).

£295   Book your place now


Switching from writing romance to crime writing

Author and online writing tutor Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley writes crime fiction under the pseudonym Thomas Black. His first book, Dead on Arrival (2013), was described by Scott Griffin as ‘a darkly funny and twisted killer for the 21st century.’ His second, Hammerhead (2015), was described by Louise Voss as ‘A fast, funny, quirky read you won’t be able to put down. Foster is a memorable anti-hero — I absolutely loved it and can’t wait for the next one.’ Under his own name, Tom has published eight works of fiction and non-fiction, and as a ghostwriter has written a further ten books, including Sunday Times top-ten bestsellers. He teaches novel and genre writing for the Faber Academy, as well as teaching and mentoring for the Professional Writing Academy, the Literary Consultancy and Falmouth University among others.

Tom Bromley blog:  Unlock the psyche within the skull: crime reading for crime writers

 Tom Bromley offers some advice for crime fiction writers.


Cal Moriarty is the author of the Death in Wonderland series of novels. The first in the series, The Killing of Bobbi Lomax (Faber), was described by The Times as a total wow of a debut and was long-listed for the Crime Writers Association for its John Creasey award. Book 2 in the series, Ten of Swords, will be released in 2017.

In spring 2017 Cal directs her first feature film, GONE, a horror film set in Cambridge co-written with best-selling social media crime novelist Angela Clarke. Cal previously attended Faber Academy’s How to Write a Novel course, tutored by Richard Skinner; and its Editing course taught by editor and publisher Sarah Savitt. Cal has an English degree from Cambridge, and has taken MAs in creative writing (including Playwriting and Screenwriting, garnering several distinctions). Her graduation stage play was the first in Soho Theatre’s Launchpad series. She has been a guest speaker at Cambridge and Leicester universities. Cal has nurtured and taught writers who have gone on to sell their projects to companies in the UK and Hollywood. She has been awarded for her ‘exceptional encouragement of new writing in the UK’ by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.


“I understand now when I read something why it might feel a bit lackluster – crime, for instance, doesn’t breathe without setting.”


If, like me, you struggle to produce anything at all without a looming deadline pressing it out of you, this course is really an excellent place to go. Very very highly recommended.”

“This course has helped me to find my voice again. It has been really good to experiment with a new genre and I have found it a challenge, albeit an exciting one.”

“Great course, really planned well to cover elements we can use in all our writing. I am most grateful for Tom’s insight, encouragement and helpful suggestions for making my writing stronger.”

“I had a great time doing this course and it was wonderful to meet all my fellow students. Thanks to all their input and comments on my stories; I feel I have learned a lot. I’d like to say a special thank you to Tom, whose guidance throughout the course was invaluable.”  

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