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.
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.
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.