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Writing authentic crime fiction: A masterclass with crime scene investigators, criminal lawyers and frontline police

Guardian Masterclasses

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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Learn how to craft a gripping story for film, fiction or TV – an unmissable class with bestselling author Erin Kelly, former chief superintendent Graham Bartlett, CSI Kate Bendelow and lawyer and author Neil White.

The Girl on the Train. Bodyguard. He Said/She Said. Line of Duty. Crime fiction is one of the most popular genres around, and it's far from fading into obscurity; crime novels regularly top the bestseller lists and are adapted into films, and TV is rife with crime dramas.

So you've noticed the spike in popularity - and you have your own ideas for an excellent, gripping storyline.  Whether you want to write a crime novel, a police procedural or a TV drama to rival Silent Witness, adding that edge of authenticity to make it stand out can be a challenge. Luckily, this masterclass offers the unique opportunity to hear and learn from criminal experts.

Curated by bestselling author Erin Kelly, this fascinating seminar offers professional insights into the world of crime, from forensic pathology to crime scene investigation, courtroom drama and detection. Packed with advice on how to carry out research and approach experts, you will leave feeling capable and driven to craft a killer story for film, fiction or TV.

Content

Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said and Broadchurch: The Novel will tell you what you should research, who you need to talk to and the right questions to ask, plus how to make crime fiction authentic without sacrificing pace.

Criminal lawyer and bestselling crime novelist Neil White discusses law and order, offering guidance on how to bring the drama of the courtroom to life on the page.

Former chief superintendent Graham Bartlett, advisor to bestselling author Peter James, discusses the skills of detective work, sharing tips on crafting a convincing crime story and catching fictional killer.

Serving CSI officer Kate Bendelow discusses frontline policing, crime scene investigation and autopsies, offering expert advice on writing crime scenes for the page or screen

Curator/host profile

Erin Kelly is the bestselling author of psychological thriller of He Said/She Said and Stone Mothers. Her debut The Poison Tree was a major ITV drama, and she wrote the novelisation of the BAFTA-winning Broadchurch. Erin tutors at Curtis Brown Creative Writing School and has lectured at Warwick, City and London Metropolitan Universities. Find out more on her website.

Speaker profiles

Neil White is the author of nine crime novels, including the number one ebook bestseller, Cold Kill. In addition to writing novels, Neil has been a criminal lawyer for over twenty years, first as a defence lawyer and then eighteen years as a Senior Crown Prosecutor. He tweets @neilwhite1965.

Graham Bartlett was a Sussex Police officer for 30 years, with the last four as the commander for Brighton and Hove. He now advises internationally bestselling author Peter James on his Roy Grace series, as well as other crime fiction and TV writers. Graham and Peter have written Death Comes Knocking, a real-life account of policing one of the UK’s most cosmopolitan cities. He tweets @GrahamBSDLM.

Kate Bendelow has worked as a crime scene investigator with Greater Manchester Police since 2002. During this time, she’s worked on a wide variety of crime scenes including rapes, murders and violent robberies. She’s also a writer and performance poet. She tweets @katiebumpz.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

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

Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)


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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.

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