Crime and Thriller Writing Summer School

City University London
Course summary
7 days
315 GBP
Part time
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Crime and Thriller Writing Summer School

Course description

Crime and Thriller Writing Summer School

An intensive week-long crime writing short course. Taught at our Central London campus, the 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.

Delivered over five days in a short intensive burst, you will learn the key elements of crime and thriller writing, including plotting, pacing, tension, characterisation and analysis of all the elements that give a book that page-turning quality. This highly practical course is suitable for both beginners and also those who have already started writing but need some direction.

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.

Suitability - Who should attend?

English requirements

participants must have fluent written and spoken English.

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.

The structure of each day will be as follows:

  • Introduction to crime fiction and thrillers
  • Heroes, villains and victims: creating characters that live off the page
  • Writing effective dialogue
  • ‘Voice’ and point-of-view
  • How to plot your novel
  • Handling pace and adding tension
  • Writing settings that hook the reader
  • Using description for tension and atmosphere
  • Editing your book
  • Getting published

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City University London

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