Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction

Discover the secrets of compelling crime stories — with author Tom Bromley and guest crime writer

Are you passionate about crime fiction? Would you like to hone your skills? This four-week online course will help you master the conventions of crime fiction as you develop ideas, create compelling characters and inject suspense into your writing. You will write the start of a novel or complete a short crime story.

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Start date: 2 October 2017
Duration: 4 weeks
Skill level: All
Session length: Weekly
Sessions: 4
Price: £295



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Tom
Bromley
Course Director
Fiona
Egglestone
Moderator

Introduction to Writing Crime Fiction is suitable for writers looking to expand their range and understand the conventions of the genre by exploring and experimenting with crime fiction techniques.

The course is suitable if you:

  • Write crime fiction and would like to broaden your palette of techniques
  • Enjoy reading crime fiction and want to start writing it
  • Are keen to master suspense and add intrigue to your plotlines and characterisation
  • Would like to explore a new genre and assess your potential
  • Want to join a friendly and supportive group of learners
  • Can dedicate 5-7 hours per week for the duration of the course

Tutor Tom Bromley will introduce you to techniques that add suspense to your writing, show you how to research effectively in the crime genre, and help you explore the senses to add depth to your settings.

As you work through the sessions, you’ll develop a new crime story while working within a supportive community of fellow writers keen to share their experiences with you.

Session 1: Settings and the senses
Session 2: Writing compelling characters and creating suspense
Session 3: All about research
Session 4: Write your own crime story

We teach this course in our online classroom, which is open 24/7 so you can balance your learning around your work, family and friends. You’ll work in a small group of fellow learners so you can discuss ideas, ask questions and share your writing as you progress through the sessions.

You’ll learn from:

  • Videos, podcasts and reading suggestions from tutor, Tom Bromley
  • Examples from masters of the craft, including Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson
  • Exclusive interviews and tips from award-winning crime writer Sarah Hilary and others
  • Practical writing exercises to help you experiment and practise your crime writing
  • Guided discussions with your group
  • The opportunity to share your work and give and receive feedback from fellow writers
  • Mid-course live chat with a guest author

You’ll need:

  • 5-7 hours per week to work through the course
  • A notebook and pen or pencil, if you like to make notes by hand
  • 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
    • Microsoft Word. If you don’t have this you can download Open Office free
    • Adobe Reader, latest version. Download free
    • QuickTime Player, latest version. Download free
    • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher

*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 can join our online alumni where you’ll meet our growing network of past students. The alumni is a friendly group of writers who support each other as they continue to explore and develop their writing.

Within our online alumni area you can:

  • Rejoin your classmates on a private forum, together with access to an archived version of your course materials and forum posts
  • Meet alumni from other courses and groups and share your writing for feedback
  • Join discussions about reading, writing and ideas
  • Retain access to our online resources area, which we constantly update with interesting and informative links
  • Chat with other people in our online alumni chatroom. We also host live chats with guest tutors here

Commission a report on your work

If you’d like to receive a personalised, detailed report on your final piece of writing from your course tutor, this is available at an extra cost. You’ll receive detailed written feedback assessing your ideas and writing, plus advice on what steps to take next.

Taking things further

If you would like to continue on to another Professional Writing Academy course, you’ll receive a 15% discount.

Try a free course session

If you’re curious about how our online writing courses work, you can try our free taster session.

It shows you what our online classroom looks like, how our courses are set up, and gives you the chance to read, watch and listen to a sample of learning materials.

To try your taster session, please get in touch and we’ll send you a link.

When you do this we’ll also sign you up to our newsletter. We never share your details with other people and we’ll only get in touch once in a while to tell you about nice things – such as news, events, competitions and offers. (You can unsubscribe if you decide it’s not for you.)

What our students say...

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.

Barbara

What our students say...

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.

Gary

What our students say...

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.

Mary

What our students say...

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

Nancy

What our students say...

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.

Alice

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