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Crack the Case of Writing Effective Crime Fiction - Online (six weeks)

Creative Writing Online - Mx
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 28 January 2021
  • Course duration: Thursdays 6 – 8 pm, six weeks


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.

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.

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

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

Charlotte has over thirty fiction and non-fiction publications.

Indicative maximum class size: 12

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

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.

Entry requirements

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Entry requirement: No previous experience is necessary.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £175.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418