Crime Writing:

Making it Real


Online writing workshops and courses with Police Advisor Graham Bartlett

Whether you’re writing police procedural crime fiction, thrillers or psychological suspense novels, you need to feel confident about the authenticity and accuracy of the legal policies and procedures that underpin your plot and character choices. 

We have joined forces with former senior detective, Sunday Times bestselling author, and experienced police procedural advisor Graham Bartlett, to develop a series of online one-day workshops and short courses to help you master the procedure and write more gripping crime stories.

So if the accuracy of your antagonist avoiding surveillance is bothering you, you’re not sure how your protagonist would investigate a crime scene, or you need to nail dialogue that takes place in a morgue, we can help.


Authenticity can make or break your story. Most crime readers are well-read in the genre and can smell guesswork a mile away.

Understanding crime, police procedure and investigation – and knowing how to turn fact into satisfying drama – is key to author credibility and keeping your audience engaged in what is a fiercely competitive genre.

If you’re still not convinced, see Graham’s list of people who will surely notice authenticity errors in your crime fiction, from criminals to court admin staff.  


Our live one-day online workshops specialise in a specific area of crime and police procedure so you can get straight to the point. 

Be prepared to immerse yourself in virtual crime scenes and real suspect interviews with your fellow participants, and apply your new-found knowledge to writing assignments that’ll help you hit the ground running with your story. 

Practical and in-depth, we deliver to small groups of like-minded writers so places are limited.

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Immerse yourself in a virtual crime scene over four weeks with your fellow participants. These courses are intensive, in-depth, fun, and not for the faint-hearted. 

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Graham Bartlett’s input has been a pivotal element to the success of my Roy Grace novels. He has applied his extensive and varied policing experience to review my draft novels so as to ensure they are procedurally 100% accurate, that the mannerisms, characteristics and culture of the police shine through, and his eye for detail helps immensely with accuracy and continuity. 

Peter James

No.1 Bestselling Author


If you want to check the authenticity of your police-related storyline, Graham offers a personal manuscript advice service. Perfect for any crime writer who wants to iron out potential mistakes before publication. 

As a former police commander and bestselling crime writer, Graham Bartlett understands good storytelling as well as the facts, which is why he is a highly-regarded mentor to award-winning authors and TV drama writers. 

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If you want to save your police procedural blushes and are serious about writing authentic crime fiction, look no further than former Chief Superintendent, Graham Bartlett. Not only is he highly experienced in all things criminal, he genuinely understands the dramatic imperative.

Eve Seymour

Crime Author


Graham Bartlett has over 30 years of experience as a detective, firearms commander and city police chief. Also a bestselling crime writer and a police advisor, Graham mentors authors and TV drama writers to help them integrate facts seamlessly into their fiction.

Graham and his network of mentors are experts in CSI, forensic science, kidnapping, extortion, counter-terrorism, pathology, cyber-crime, poisons, surveillance and more.



This is my first experience of online learning and it was much better than I expected. I’m really grateful to have this quality of input when feeling very disconnected with the world. We are under immense pressure as writers with the hardships of the pandemic – this workshop gave me hope.

Workshop Participant, 2020

It’s incredible that such an amount of information was delivered via Zoom so personally and amiably. I felt that this was a community of people who share similar issues to mine and it helped to clarify some issues I was facing with my writing.

Workshop Participant, 2020

I don’t think you could do more to replicate the face-to-face experience.

Workshop Participant, 2020

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