Learn the secrets of the UK's most popular genre – and begin work on your own crime novel.
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Begin your crime writing journey
Spend eight weeks with a small group of fellow crime writers developing your ideas, broadening your palette of techniques and injecting more suspense into your writing. Each week you’ll receive valuable feedback from your closeknit group while finetuning your self-editing skills by responding to other writers’ work. There are weekly group webinars or Q&A sessions with your tutor, plus a live chat with a guest crime author whose work you’ll learn from during the course.
Every session features downloadable tutor notes and recorded lectures, guided reading and analysis, practical exercises and prompts to keep you writing, as well as exclusive interviews with leading crime writers. You’ll have dedicated private forums and chatrooms to discuss your work in confidence 24/7, along with around-the-clock moderator support.
Is this the right course for me?
This course is designed for students who are already writing and are keen to take their skills to the next level. You'll have a specific interest in crime fiction, with some ideas – however rough! – for a novel that you're hoping to develop during the course.
This course is a flexible one, meaning that each session – with the exception of the last, longer one – is open for one week. During that week you're free to work through the materials, join in the discussion and upload your work at any time that suits you. Any live element that requires you to be online at a particular time (webinars with your tutor or a guest author) will be scheduled with the group once the course starts.
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