How to Write True Crime

Learn the tools and techniques needed to write a compelling true crime novel, article, or script for a podcast or documentary.

This course will immerse you in the world of true crime. Led by Sonia Falerio (The Good Girls, 2021), you’ll explore how TV, film, podcasts, newspapers, and novels showcase true crime stories. Over 4 modules you will:

  • Read, listen and watch numerous true crime stories to discover what makes a compelling true crime narrative
  • Learn how the local culture of the story can impact your narration and appeal to a diverse and international audience.
  • Think of the real people in your story as a cast of characters, and learn how to bring them to life in writing.
  • Put your research skills to the test and learn about the importance of fact in a true crime story.

By the end of this course you will have the tools you need to write the first chapter of a longer piece of crime fiction.

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Sonia Faleiro

Sonia Faleiro is the author of The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing and Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars, which was named a book of the year by the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Economist, NPR and Time Out.

Her writing has received support from the Pulitzer Centre, The Investigative Fund, The Society of Authors Foundation’ and K Blundell Trust, and The Royal Literary Fund. Her work appears in The New York Times, The Financial Times, Harper’s, Granta, 1843, The California Sunday Magazine, and MIT Technology Review.

Sonia is the founder of the literary mentorship program South Asia Speaks and the co-founder of Deca, a global cooperative of award-winning journalists. In April 2021, she created Artists for India, an author-led initiative to raise funds for India during the covid crisis.