Writing Crime Fiction Course

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TUTOR: Kerry Hadley-Pryce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and the editor of The Blackcountryman magazine. Her first novel, The Black Country, published by Salt Publishing in 2015, was part of her MA Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD candidate at Manchester Metropolitan University researching Psychogeographic Flow and Black Country Writing. She has had several short stories published in various anthologies and online at Fictive Dream and The Incubator. Her second novel, Gamble, also published by Salt Publishing in June 2018, was shortlisted for the Encore Second Novel Award 2019.

Start Date: 3rd July, 2024

Duration: Six weeks

Fee: £160

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Craft Captivating Crime Fiction: Enrol in Our Writing Crime Fiction Course

Welcome to the intriguing world of crime fiction! Immerse yourself in the dark and captivating universe of crime narratives with our engaging six-week online Writing Crime Fiction Course. With its intricate plots, mysterious characters, and heart-pounding suspense, crime fiction has long held a magnetic allure for readers around the world. Now, it’s your opportunity to weave a thrilling detective story and captivate your audience with every twist and turn.

Guided by expert instructors, embark on a journey to master the art of crafting a gripping crime narrative. Join us on this thrilling adventure and take your first step towards becoming a master of crime fiction writing, leaving your readers spellbound and craving more.

Limited Spots and High Demand:

Our course is designed to provide personalised attention to each participant, which is why we strictly limit the class size to ten students. Due to high demand, early registration is highly recommended to secure your spot.

Global Access and Post-Course Support:

Our Writing Crime Fiction Course is open to students from around the globe. Even after the course ends, you will retain lifetime access to the materials, ensuring you can revisit key lessons whenever needed.

Weekly Assignments and Personalised Feedback:

To help you stay on track and monitor your progress, you will receive a weekly written assignment that will be assessed by your dedicated online tutor. This encourages practical application of the course content and allows you to receive personalised feedback on your work.

Course Structure and Flexibility:

Each week, you will be introduced to a new module containing text lessons focused on the essentials of crime fiction. The course is designed to offer maximum flexibility, allowing you to work through the lessons at your convenience during the week without any set class times. It is recommended that you spend 2-3 hours per week on the course to fully benefit from the materials. Upon registration, your tutor will email you the first module on the course start date. Please remember to check your Spam/Junk folder for this email to ensure you don’t miss any crucial information.

Here’s what we have in store:

Week One – Basics of Crime Fiction

For the first module, we will consider the building blocks of crime fiction, how to research and structure a detective story and what themes to include.

Week Two – Creating a Crime

What makes a crime compelling to read? In week two, we discuss the heart of crime fiction by looking at what crime means and practising writing one through various exercises.

Week Three – Designing a Villain

What is a good crime without a villain to commit it? In the third week, we examine some of the famous villains of crime fiction and what makes them great. There is also a chance to practice writing your own villain.

Week Four – Creating a Hero

On the other side of the coin, week four asks what makes a great hero? Similar to the previous week, we will look at famous heroes in crime fiction and practice other authors’ techniques in our writing.

Week Five – Crafting Suspense

The Oxford English Dictionary defines suspense as ‘a state of mental uncertainty, with expectation of or desire for decision, and usually some apprehension or anxiety’. Crime fiction is nothing without suspense, and the fifth lesson will therefore examine how to craft it effectively in your writing.

Week Six – The Pitfalls of Crime Fiction

In the final week, we analyse the common mistakes beginner crime fiction writers make to help you avoid them. There is also a chance to complete your own short piece of crime fiction.

Enrol Today:

Seize the chance to turn your crime fiction dreams into reality. Register for our Writing Crime Fiction Course today and begin your journey toward mastering this enthralling genre!

Start Date

3rd July


6 weeks




Kerry Hadley-Pryce
Intermediate Creative Writing Course