Online Course

Start Writing Crime Fiction – fully booked!

Monday 20 September
Online
12 weeks
£475

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12-week online writing course begins Monday 20 September 2021.

Crime fiction is the biggest-selling genre in the UK and this course will help you to incorporate its building blocks into your own writing. Join Femi Kayode to explore the genre’s themes and appeal, looking at creating credible worlds and characters, developing and structuring story and building page-turning, tension-filled scenes.

Classes are capped at 15 places to ensure a high-quality experience. Book quickly to secure your place.

This course is designed for writers aged 18+. If you’re looking for courses suitable for younger writers, check out these online workshops!

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To join the waiting list for this course, please email learning@nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk

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What the course covers

  1. The Starting Point – what is the appeal of crime fiction? We look at generating material using news stories
  2. The Elements of the Crime Story – we identify the core elements of crime fiction, and how to apply them to story structure
  3. Endearing Monsters – the role of characters in your stories and how to develop living, breathing characters
  4. Genre and Detail – we look at the sub-genres of crime fiction, and how to find the devil in the detail
  5. Crime Story Structure – the plot dynamics of crime fiction, point of view, voice and tense. Plus: Plotter of Pantser?
  6. Ethics and Edits – examining the ethical issues of contemporary crime fiction, and how to edit your work into something even better

On this course, you will:

  • Explore what crime fiction consists of and why it is so popular
  • Build a bank of story ideas
  • Understand what sub-genre of crime fiction interests you, and why
  • Explore the structure of crime fiction and how to build a plot
  • Learn the building blocks of good writing.
  • Learn how to create believable characters
  • Learn how to build stories using details
  • Develop an understanding of point of view
  • Explore the importance of setting
  • Learn about creating suspense

Find out more about crime writing in our articles top tips for gripping readers and six tips for writing crime fiction.

About the tutor

Femi Kayode is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. He is a graduate of the MA in Crime Fiction at the University of East Anglia, where his novel Lightseekers won the Little, Brown / UEA Crime Fiction Award. He was a Packard Gates Fellow in Film at the University of Southern California and has built an impressive resume on prime-time television by creating, writing and developing several award-winning TV dramas.

Hear Femi in conversation with Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister, the Serial Killer, at Noirwich Crime Writing Festival 2020.


How it works

All you need is a computer and an internet connection. You can find out more about the requirements here.

The course is divided into six modules. Each module consists of reading and commenting on a short story, exploring an area of crime fiction theory, three short exercises to develop a craft aspect of writing crime fiction and a longer assignment. The assignments develop from the writing exercises and build cumulatively to help you develop a finished project.

The modules are posted fortnightly. Every two weeks you will submit an assignment to your tutor, who will then respond with constructive feedback and advice.

There are two live Zoom sessions during this course. The first is an informal introductory session on Wednesday 29 September at 7.30pm BST. The second will take place later, with a date to be confirmed.

Click here to find out more about how our courses work and whether they’re right for you!

Designed by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing.

This course is brought to you by the creators of the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

Noirwich Crime Writing Festival

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