Crack the Case: Writing effective crime fiction - Online (six weeks) - Nottingham Trent University

Crack the Case: Writing effective crime fiction - Online (six weeks) - Nottingham Trent University


On this 100% online course delivered via Zoom, you’ll develop the skills needed to effectively plan, write and publish your own crime fiction writing.

It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing for crime fiction, whether you have done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner.

On this course you’ll look at how to effectively create tension, atmosphere, engaging characters and dialogue for fictional crime writing.

There’ll be online lectures, group discussions and creative writing tasks, with feedback from both the tutor and your peers.

During the course you will:

- outline the key aspects and understand the fundamentals of crime fiction
- take part in dynamic group discussions on effective crime writing
- address your readership and gain an insight into the genre
- examine the common storytelling devices of lead characters
- consider the quirks of the protagonist (the detective or otherwise)
- present and identify the killer and victims, considering victim stereotypes
- discuss plotting, planning and producing red herrings
- examine writing with atmosphere, tension and dialogue
- complete writing tasks from prompts
- gain feedback on your writing style.

You’ll discover what it takes to keep the reader wanting more, and will finish the course by looking at editing, drafting, proofreading, approaching a publisher and marketing.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course you’ll have built confidence in your writing skills and have some new ideas in crime writing to pursue.

You’ll also have a supportive network of fellow writers to potentially work with and have access to a variety of online resources.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Tutor Profile: Charlotte Baker is an author, associate lecturer, and PhD student at the University of Derby.

She has an interest in horror, true crime, identification, and fandom, and has an MA in Horror and Transgression.

Charlotte has over fifty fictional and nonfictional publications including a series of novellas, short stories, and articles.

She spends her time with family, drinking coffee, walking, and conversing with the various monsters that float around in her imagination.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Six weeks of quality tuition from an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


6 weeks (6:00pm to 8:00pm)

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Penny - - #32693

Our course tutor was extremely well versed in the subject and her enthusiasm was infectious. She also passed on great tips and advice for aspiring writers of the genre.

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