Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction
Starts 19 June 2017, £295 Book your place now
This four-week online course is suitable for writers looking to expand their range as a writer by experimenting with techniques and styles.
It will help you master key conventions of crime fiction and develop a sound idea for a protagonist, setting and crime. You’ll also become more effective at critiquing your ideas and writing.
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
SESSION 1: SETTINGS AND THE SENSES
Why creating a convincing sense of place matters in crime fiction, and practical exercises to help you set your crime story.
SESSION 2: WRITING COMPELLING CHARACTERS AND CREATING SUSPENSE
How writers create compelling characters, and ways to create a unique detective.
SESSION 3: ALL ABOUT RESEARCH
Why research is so important for the crime-fiction writer, and how much to incorporate in your work.
SESSION 4: WRITE YOUR OWN CRIME STORY
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.
AFTER THE COURSE
- 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
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.
During the course there will be an opportunity to pick the brain of bestselling crime writer Julia Crouch during a live online chat.
Julia Crouch has been a theatre director, playwright, drama teacher, publicist, graphic/website designer and illustrator. It was while she was doing an MA in Sequential Illustration that she realised what she really loved was writing. She took some online creative writing courses and wrote two NaNoWriMo novels. The second of these went on to become her debut novel, Cuckoo (Headline), which was followed by Every Vow You Break, Tarnished, The Long Fall and Her Husband’s Lover. Her novels have been translated into six languages. She now works full time as a writer, but also really enjoys teaching. She has taught and mentored on MA courses, with Faber Academy, and at festivals and workshops throughout the UK.
Read Julia’s blog: Ten mistakes all crime writers should avoid.
STUDENT COURSE REVIEWS
“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.”