Crime and Thriller Writing

City University London
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10 weeks
290 GBP
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Crime and Thriller Writing Summer School

Course description

Crime and Thriller Writing

The ideal course for those looking to learn the fundamentals of writing their first work of crime fiction.

This ten-week Crime Writing course will include an in-depth look at what makes a crime novel and how to make your own writing strong, compelling and ready to submit.

Areas covered will include plotting, characterisation and analysis of all the elements that give a book that page-turning quality. It is suitable for both beginners and also those who have already started writing but need some direction.

Suitability - Who should attend?

For new and more experienced writers who want to learn the fundamentals of writing crime fiction.


No prior knowledge of crime fiction required as course is suitable for beginners or those who would like more direction.

English requirements

You will need a good level of spoken and written English to enrol on this course.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Students who attend 70 per cent of the classes will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Training Course Content

You will learn a variety of techniques from creating characters that live off the page, to how to build a plot and how to use effective description. Other topics include building tension and pace into your writing; creating crime scene settings; and how to use research to bring veracity to your stories.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define what makes a crime story work
  • Create believable characters that will live off the page
  • Understand plot twists and how to use them to the best effect
  • Use effective description in your writing
  • Build tension and pace into your writing
  • Create settings that evoke a strong sense of place.

Course delivery details

Teaching takes place once a week for ten weeks, from 18:30 to 20:30 pm on every Tuesday.

Continuing Studies

After this course, students might also be interested in Short Story Writing, Novel Writing and Longer Works, and Writers' Workshop.

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