In-person course
in Nottingham

Writing authentic crime fiction: getting it right



On this course you’ll develop the skills needed to effectively plan your own crime and thriller fiction, with a focus on accurately depicting police procedures, crime and law from a former senior police detective. It’s aimed at anyone interested in creative writing for crime fiction, whether you’ve done any previous writing before or are a complete beginner. On this course, you’ll look at law and police procedures as well as police ranks and organisational structures, so that you can effectively write fiction with the knowledge that your writing is accurate. You’ll learn how to recognise and avoid the pitfalls and misconceptions associated with writing crime and gain confidence in your own writing style. There’ll be a mix of lectures, group discussions and creative writing tasks, with feedback from both the tutor and your peers. During the course you will: - learn about the fundamentals of crime fiction - take part in dynamic discussions on effective crime writing - address the accuracy of your writing in relation to policing, detectives and crime whilst gaining an insight into the industry - complete writing and research tasks from prompts - get an understanding of the relevant criminal law and police procedures - learn the rank structure and specialist roles within UK policing - look at how forensic evidence can be used in criminal investigations - gain feedback on your writing which will be fact-checked by the tutor. 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 leave with knowledge of law and police procedures and how to carry out effective research to write authentic crime fiction. 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: Stuart Gibbon is a former police detective with over 30 years professional experience, who is now a crime writing consultant and author, working with writers to help them ensure their police procedures are accurate and authentic. Stuart has co-written several books on true crime aimed at helping writers including ‘The Crime-Writer’s Case Book’ and appears on TV and radio as a policing expert. He is also a lecturer in crime writing, having most recently talked at the Faber Academy in London.


2 days (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Cancellation policy

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



50 Shakespeare Street, , Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ

Suitable for

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