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An Introduction to Writing Crime and Thriller Fiction

Mumsnet Academy

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

An Introduction to Writing Crime and Thriller Fiction

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  • Course Description
    A glance at the bestseller lists reveals that crime and thriller fiction is as popular today as it's ever been.
    S J Watson, author of the international bestseller Before I Go to Sleep, will discuss his own take on writing in this particular genre. He will lead students through an introduction to writing crime fiction, exploring in particular the elements shared with all good writing.
    Through a lively mix of discussion, debate and exercises students will begin to explore and expand their own repertoire of writing techniques, with particular reference to writing crime, and will have also have the chance to learn about editing their work and the road to publication.
    Whilst not aimed at a particular skill-level, the course is geared towards those who wish to write or complete a crime novel. with a view to publication.


  • What's Included
    Day 1
    Getting started. What is crime fiction?
    First, we will discuss crime fiction and all its sub-genres, then go on to consider the marketplace. Students will be encouraged to think about why they're writing and who they're writing for. 
    We'll then go on to talk about how to get started in writing crime fiction, including generating ideas and planning a novel.
    Creating characters
    Character is the bedrock of fiction. The group will discuss their favourite characters, and how to go about creating three-dimensional characters who can drive a crime novel.
    Getting it written
    How do we bring our characters to life on the page? We’ll look in depth at plot, story and structure, how to avoid cliché and coincidence, and how to energise your writing to keep the pages turning. We'll also look at dialogue, mood and atmosphere.
    Day 2
    Guest tutor
    First we'll be hearing from a guest tutor who will provide their insight into creating crime and thriller fiction.
    Research and the writing life
    How do we research crime fiction, and how much research is necessary? 
    Writing a novel is a long process. How do we remain energised? We’ll discuss how to  fit writing in around the rest of life, and how to get to the end of a first draft. 
    Editing and next steps towards publication
    A novel is created in the editing stage. We'll look in depth at editing our work, and then go on to consider next steps towards publication. We’ll consider the role of an agent,  and what agents and editors are looking for. 


  • Tutor Details
    S J Watson was accepted into the first Faber Academy 'Writing a Novel'
    course in 2009, a programme that covers all aspects of the novel-writing process.
    Before I Go To Sleep is the result.
    Before I Go To Sleep has become a phenomenal international success, sold in
    42 territories around the world. It is a New York Times and Sunday Times
    bestseller, and won both the Crime Writers' Association Award for Best Debut
    Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year.
    Before I Go To Sleep has also been acquired for film by Ridley Scott's
    production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct.
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When & Where

Mumsnet HQ, 6 Deane House Studios
Greenwood Place
NW5 London
United Kingdom

Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM (GMT)

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