Online Course

Start writing crime fiction

Julia Crouch
Course starts 8 January
12 weeks

Fully booked! 

This 12-week course is designed for people who have little or no experience of writing short crime fiction. It is also for those who have written some short fiction and who would like the guidance of an experienced writer to develop their craft in the genre.

Learn how to:

  • write a complete crime fiction short story
  • structure crime fiction and build plots
  • create believable characters
  • create suspense
  • examine a wide range of crime fiction
  • describe setting and place
  • read like a writer

Find out more about how Creative Writing Online works by downloading the brochure.

How to apply

To apply for Starting to Write Crime Fiction, please fill out the application form (coming soon). Along with your contact details and your choice of course, you will be asked to complete the following exercises:

  • Describe a terrifying event - true or fictional (300 words) 
  • A short letter of introduction

Once your application has been submitted, a member of the WCN team will be in touch within 10 working days to confirm whether you have been successful. You will then be sent a payment link for your course.

Application deadline: Monday 11 December 2017

About Julia Crouch

Julia Crouch is the author of five internationally published crime novels – Cuckoo, Every Vow You Break, Tarnished, The Long Fall and Her Husband's Lover. She coined the term Domestic Noir to describe what she writes – a label that has since quite impressively taken root. With a background in theatre directing and play writing, she also has extensive teaching experience, having run numerous workshops, courses and masterclasses at schools, festivals, universities and online. She is a member of Killer Women and a founder of The Brighton Crime Wave, hosting writers such as Tess Gerritsen, Ruth Ware and M J Arlidge in partnership with Brighton Waterstones. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

Read Julia’s course outline

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