Thriller Writing for Beginners - Nottingham Trent University

Thriller Writing for Beginners - Nottingham Trent University


The thriller genre is amongst one of the most popular genres sought out by today’s readers.

With so many subgenres, such as crime, espionage, supernatural, mystery, there is a subgenre to capture almost any taste.

What’s more, more and more authors are being able to make a profitable income from thrillers in today’s market, including the tutor of this course, Rick Wood.

If you have a spark for creative writing, maybe an idea or aspiration of creating your own enthralling thriller novel, this is your opportunity to learn from an established author with the aim of giving you the skills to turn your initial idea into a well-written, accomplished piece of work you can be proud of.

The course will guide you through the development, planning and writing stages of crafting your novel.

As well as developing your writing skills, you will also learn what you can do with your novel once you’ve finished.

On this course you will:

• explore theories and strategies to develop an idea for a thriller
• improve your creative writing skills
• begin to approach a first draft, and understand the redrafting process
• learn the importance of working with an editor
• receive feedback
• compare traditional and independent publishing (and learn how to go about both)
• gain an overview of how you might make money as an author.

What will I gain?

By the end of the course, you will know how to develop your idea and how to apply various writing skills in coming up with your book.

You will also learn what to do with your novel once it’s done.

This is a course where you will learn from a bestselling author’s mistakes, and share in his experiences of what has made him an author with a loyal fan base.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: No experience is required.

Where you'll learn: You will be studying creative writing in a UNESCO City of Literature, and be based in the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus.

You will find modern teaching spaces and quiet study environments to develop your ideas and writing.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profile: Rick Wood was once an English and Drama teacher, but he found himself able to achieve his lifelong dream in July 2018 when he gave up teaching to become a full-time author, just two years after publishing his first book.

To date, Rick has published twenty-four novels, mostly falling within the thriller and horror genres.

This includes five bestsellers across the United Kingdom, United States and Canada, and across the Amazon and Kobo platforms.

In this time, Rick has also achieved an MA in Creative Writing.

Click through above to book your place online.

If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

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 evenings of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 15


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Spooky
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


6 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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