Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

How to write a psychological thriller

Guardian Masterclasses

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

How to write a psychological thriller

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price * Fee Quantity
How to write a psychological thriller Nov 29, 2017 £99.00 £4.46
* Prices include VAT

Share How to write a psychological thriller

Event Details

Learn how to write a thrilling page-turner at this evening course with Erin Kelly, bestselling author of He Said/She Said and Poison Tree.

There’s nothing like a good psychological thriller, full of twists, turns and suspense. With the success of recent bestsellers, such as The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep, there has never been a better time to turn your idea for a novel into a thrilling page-turner.

During this interactive course with Sunday Times bestselling author Erin Kelly, you’ll learn how to create compelling characters, build suspense and keep your reader hooked until the very last page.

Erin will also share tips on how to make your novel stand out in a competitive market and impress agents and editors.


  • Deconstructing bestsellers: what makes a good psychological thriller?
  • How to hook your reader in those first crucial pages
  • How to make your novel stand out in a crowded market
  • How to structure your story for maximum suspense
  • How to create suspense using point of view, structure and misdirection
  • What editors are looking for – and what they’ve seen enough of
  • Q&A and group discussion

Tutor profile
Erin Kelly’s most recent psychological thriller He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list. Her debut, The Poison Tree, was a Richard and Judy pick and a major ITV drama – Stephen King said he “wished he’d written it”. In 2014, Erin’s novelisation of the Bafta-winning TV programme Broadchurch was an international bestseller. She also works as a journalist and creative writing tutor. Find out more on her website.


“Really interesting - felt like I was getting real ‘insider’ information on how to write a thriller”

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

Have questions about How to write a psychological thriller? Contact Guardian Masterclasses

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (GMT)

  Add to my calendar


Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

  Contact the Organizer
How to write a psychological thriller
Things to do in London Class Hobbies

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.