Crime Writing: Making it Real
Solving A Murder – Immersive Online Course
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A VIRTUAL CRIME SCENE ON THIS DEEP-DIVE COURSE – AND GAIN THE TOOLS TO WRITE MORE AUTHENTIC INVESTIGATIONS AND CHARACTERS
Follow a murder investigation as it rolls out, joining a senior investigating officer, CSI and behavioural analyst as they reveal what actually happens at a crime scene and during an investigation. Then put that expert knowledge to work in a series of intensive writing assignments devised to help you inject more authenticity into your crime fiction.
Led by Peter James’ and Mark Billingham’s Police Advisor, Graham Bartlett, a former senior detective and Sunday Times bestselling author, the four-week course immerses you in a virtual crime scene. You’ll be there when the first emergency call comes in, see the initial photos from the scene, and start making hypotheses about the victim and suspect – and explore ways to use real police procedure to heighten the drama in your writing.
Along with a small group of like-minded writers you’ll learn week by week as the investigation unfolds:
- How to read a crime scene and come up with lines of enquiry
- The process that leads to the identification, arrest and interview of a suspect
- Which professionals are involved and how they work together
- How to build credible drama out of what can be flat and bureaucratic procedure
- What makes an intriguing suspect and how to dramatise a hunt
- Techniques to keep your reader at the centre of the action.
You’ll join live sessions to discuss the case with the Senior Investigating Officer, pick the brain of expert CSI Kate Bendelow, quiz Behavioural Analyst Lesley McEvoy on her work, and watch exclusive videos from crime writers Peter James, Elly Griffiths, Mark Billingham and Julia Crouch.
At the end of the course you are invited to submit a 2,000-word piece of fiction inspired by the case or from your work in progress for Graham’s feedback.
This course is part of our Crime Writing: Making it Real course series with Police Advisor Graham Bartlett, helping writers craft authentic crime stories.
This is not Zoom or video learning and you don’t have to log in at a set time to join the course – though we do feature a couple of live Zoom Q&A sessions.
Start date: 1 November 2021
Duration: 4 weeks
Skill level: Intermediate
Session length: Weekly
Special early bird price
(Ends 30 September 2021)
Price: £495 £420 (inc. VAT where applicable)
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I was very impressed by the way that [Graham] was able to combine his years of policing experience with an instinctive knowledge of how stories work.
Timetable for the course
This course will benefit you if you are a crime writer who wants to dig deep into police procedural methods and learn craft techniques that will help take your writing to the next level.
It’s suitable if you:
- Write crime fiction and would like to ensure accuracy and detail in your depictions of crime procedure
- Would like to feel wiser about how the police work
- Want to know the latest advances in police use of technology
- Feel you are getting too caught up on the facts, and need to know how much detail you can jettison
- Are keen to add depth to your writing while maintaining suspense
- Want to enhance characterisation by learning more about police and criminal psychology
- Enjoy writing with a friendly and supportive group of learners
- Can dedicate 7-9 hours a week to complete the assignments
We teach this course in our online classroom, which is open 24/7 so you can fit learning around your work, family and friends. You’ll work in a small group of learners so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions.
- Podcasts and videos from Graham
- Videos with bestselling crime authors, specially recorded for this course
- Input from specialist police procedure experts
- Live webchats and Q&As
- Practical writing exercises and prompts
- Quiet time to spend on your own writing
- Specially selected reading and extracts to analyse
- Short quizzes and questionnaires
- Online discussions with writers in your group
- Opportunities to share work and give feedback on each other’s writing
You will need a laptop or computer* with:
- A reliable broadband internet connection
- Speakers or headphones
- The latest version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, or Safari
- Access to Zoom video conferencing platform. Download free
- QuickTime Player, latest version. Download free
- A notebook and pen or pencil if you like to make notes by hand
* You can access the course from a tablet or smartphone, but we recommend using a laptop or computer, as this makes it easier to share your work files with your writing group.
Join our alumni
After your course, you have the opportunity to rejoin your classmates in a private alumni area where you can access an archived version of the course materials, forum posts and captured video lectures. Here you can also continue to share writing and ideas with your cohort.
Feedback on your work
At the end of the course Graham will give feedback on the procedural aspect of your final submission. If you would like more detailed or ongoing feedback on your work or consultancy for an extra fee, please email email@example.com for details.
When writing crime fiction, feel free to gloss over the detail, but never plunge your reader into a procedure or describe an activity unless it’s spot on.
The message is: Don’t guess. There are plenty of people you can ask. I do all the time if I’m not sure.
What writers say about Graham
A completely unique offering in terms of writing courses online, so well run and I loved meeting all the fellow participants, Graham and the other experts.
What writers say about Graham
So many thanks to Graham, experts Kate and Lesley, and our moderator for a superb course. I’ve learnt so much, had fun and managed to be pretty productive. And everyone taking the course has been stunning – talented, highly effective and generous. What a pleasure it’s been.
What writers say about Graham
I loved the course and honestly feel it offered more than (just!) the insights into police procedure, which I didn’t expect. The characterisation aspects continues to be genuinely helpful and it’s improved my work a lot, so I’m most grateful. And the forensic element was even more fun then I hoped. I’ve designed training courses and university modules, so I can appreciate a well-designed course when I see one, and this handled so much information brilliantly. I’m looking out for more to do this year!
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