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Crime Writing Courses

It's consistently one of the UK's bestselling and best loved genres. Our crime writing courses offer a deep dive into the secrets of successful crime fiction, whether you're just starting out or looking to take the next step with your crime novel.

Our crime writing courses: an overview

Run by experienced crime novelists, our crime writing courses are suitable for those starting out in the genre or those looking to hone their skills.

Courses are available in-person in Faber’s London offices, or online in our bespoke classroom – our online courses are flexible too, meaning you can fit the course around your other commitments.

As well as the expertise of your tutor and the encouragement of a group of fellow crime writers, you’ll get the unique insight of guest speakers from the industry.

Who are these courses for?

Aspiring crime writers

Always wanted to write a crime novel? Learn the fundamentals of the genre and put them into practise as you start work on your own idea.

Writers looking to shift genre

Have writing experience but now looking to break into the crime market? Explore how your skills transfer, and gain the specific tools required for crime writing.

Stuck writers

Written crime before but feeling stalled on your latest project? Brush up your technical skills and meet other writers to share your work with – the perfect antidote to writers' block.

Crime Writing Courses (8)

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Crime, Fiction Development

Writing Crime

Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre and begin work on your own crime novel in this eight-week online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Andrew Wilson

Start Date

Monday 11 Oct 2021

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£495
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Getting Started: Beginners' Fiction

Everything you need to call yourself a writer – discipline, craft skills and a great group of people to work with – in one online writing course experience.

Level

Starting out

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Helen Shipman

Start Date

Monday 10 Jan 2022

£350
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Create Brilliant Characters

Discover the secrets of successful character creation, and try out failsafe techniques to bring your own characters to life.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Kickstart Your Novel

Take your writing to the next level, and develop both the technical skill and the narrative momentum to really get stuck into your novel.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Ayisha Malik, Susmita Bhattacharya

Start Date

Monday 17 Jan 2022

£495
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Crime, Novel Writing, Poetry, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Plot

Create storylines that keep readers turning those pages in this self-paced online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 24 Jan 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing

Writing Crime

Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre and begin work on your own crime novel in this eight-week online course.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

5-12 weeks

Tutors

Andrew Wilson

Start Date

Monday 31 Jan 2022

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£495
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Crime, Fiction Development, Non-fiction, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: Research

Learn how to convert dry facts and higgledy-piggledy materials into compelling stories packed with atmosphere.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Philip Marsden

Start Date

Monday 21 Feb 2022

£120
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Crime, Fiction Development, Novel Writing, Short Story

Fiction Skills: World Building

Learn how to create unforgettable story worlds that a reader can immerse themselves in – and how other writers use setting to transform their fiction.

Level

Improving

What do these levels mean?

Location

Online

Length

1-4 weeks

Tutors

Tom Bromley

Start Date

Monday 28 Feb 2022

£120
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Crime Writing Tutors

The tutors on our crime writing courses are multi-published noveliests, experienced teachers and crime fiction aficionados – they know everything there is to know about this thriving section of the market.

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Tom Bromley

Tom Bromley

Thanks for such a great course! I'm really learning so much and have got a real impetus and momentum in my novel now, with a lot more depth and technique to my work already.

Thanks for such a great course! I'm really learning so much and have got a real impetus and momentum in my novel now, with a lot more depth and technique to my work already.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main features of crime fiction writing?

Like all good writing, crime fiction needs well-developed characters, a gripping plot and a strong sense of place. Our courses also look at the technical aspects that are more specific to crime fiction: pace, action, authenticity, suspense and a killer hook.

Can't find the right course?

Manuscript Assessment

Get comprehensive editorial feedback on your manuscript from our experienced readers – whether it’s still a work-in-progress or you’re preparing to submit to literary agents.

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Mentoring

We offer a range of mentoring options if you’d prefer to work one-on-one with an established writer to help you shape your project and realise your writing ambitions.

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Browse the Reading Room

From author interviews and writing tips to creative writing exercises and reading lists, we've got everything you need to get started – and to keep going.