Crime Writing Diploma
This course on Crime Writing is ideal for those with an existing interest in the crime fiction genre, as either a reader or amateur writer, looking to master the detailed and specific skills that they need to begin a rewarding and successful writing career in this thrilling field.
The wide-ranging and varied course is split into ten interactive and intuitive modules and covers all of the knowledge and skills that you need to get started and make an impact as an author in the crime fiction market.
What you will learn
This course covers these key areas in detail, plus much more:
- The qualities and characteristics of a great crime fiction writer and some of the benefits and rewards that you can enjoy as a writer in this varied field
- An overview of some of the key sub-genres within crime fiction and a closer look at the fascinating careers and writing styles of some of the world’s best-selling crime authors
- Deciding on your own particular writing style and identifying your all-important target readership groups
- Tried and tested techniques to plan and build a gripping plot for your crime story
- Great ways to structure and pace your story, including how to effectively build suspense and intrigue by using clues, red herrings and other techniques to keep your readers guessing
- How to choose the setting of your crime novel, including deciding on a great location for your book and the best time period in which to base your novel
- The importance of writing a thrilling and compelling start to your book and how to do it, including an overview of the use of prologues and backstories
- How to create thrilling, intriguing and believable characters for your crime novel, with a particular focus on creating interesting detective characters
- The different roles that dialogue can play in your novel and how to write exceptional dialogue, both creatively and grammatically
- How to write thrilling descriptions using a variety of stylistic devices to add interest and enrich your writing
- Factors to consider when deciding on your crime scene and how to craft a superb ending to your novel that will both satisfy and intrigue your readers
- How to generate new ideas for your story, including great tips on how to tap into your own creative reserves and how to use automatic plot generators
- Choosing a title, front cover and blurb for your novel which will hook potential readers to find out more
- How to make mainstream and niche publishing houses sit up and pay attention to your novel
- The rise of self-publishing and great ways to build a successful online presence for your e-book.
Benefits of taking the Crime Writing Diploma
Each module will provide you with a wealth of information and some expert tips to broaden your creative writing skills and will equip you with everything that you need to hit the ground running and get started writing your very own crime fiction novel.
The Crime Writing Diploma offers students the following benefits:
- The ability to study anywhere at times that suit you
- Study at your own pace, with no deadlines: complete it as quickly or as slowly as you like
- Use any internet enabled device to study on, including computers, tablets and mobile phones
- Follow the course easily thanks to interesting, informative modules, which make studying fun
- A convenient online support system, helping you to stay on track throughout the course
- A comprehensive curriculum, providing you with the knowledge you need to begin writing crime novels.
- Earn a certified, recognised diploma
- An affordable cost
Who should take this course?
If you are already an avid reader of crime fiction and have always wanted to try your hand at writing your own crime novel, this course is the ideal starting point for you. It is also particularly useful for those with some previous writing experience in other genres who want to deepen their understanding of the crime fiction field. However, this course has been specifically designed to require no previous knowledge of creative writing.
- An overview of the genre of creative crime writing;
- The benefits of getting into the crime fiction writing field;
- The qualities that you need, in order to be a great crime writer;
- How to lay the foundations before writing your crime novel;
- Agatha Christie - the world’s best-selling novelist!
- John Le Carré - from the British Intelligence Service to best-selling Spy author;
- James Patterson - author of fast paced contemporary crime which really packs a punch;
- Arthur Conan Doyle - the creator of one of the best loved detective characters of all time;
- An overview of the different sub-genres within the crime fiction market;
- Some thought-provoking statistics and themes from a recent survey of reading habits in the UK;
- The importance of identifying who your target audience is, before you start writing your own crime novel;
- How to find and recognise your all-important target readers;
- The importance of effectively integrating the different themes within your crime novel;
- Choosing your setting - how to decide on a great location for your book;
- Choosing your setting - what is the best time period in which to base your novel;
- Great techniques to create a really impactful start to your book;
- What a character profile is, and how they can be used to the best effect;
- Ideas to think about, when creating an interesting detective character;
- The role of auxiliary characters, and how to use them;
- Tips on how to create believable and interesting characters;
- What are the key ingredients of an intriguing crime fiction story?
- A basic structure for a crime novel, and the key events that usually take place in each section;
- Tried and tested tips and techniques for creating a gripping plot;
- Some exciting and intriguing ideas for your own crime novel;
- What dialogue is, and the importance of writing great dialogue in your novel;
- The different types of dialogue and the different effects that it creates;
- A comparison between two different types of dialogue in the crime fiction genre;
- Some great tips, to enable you to write your own masterful dialogue;
- Ideas to consider, when determining the length and structure of your crime novel;
- How to write thrilling descriptions, using a variety of stylistic devices;
- A review of the writing style of Raymond Chandler, bestselling crime novelist;
- Deciding on your crime scene;
- The Confrontation - a practical writing exercise;
- Generating ideas - using your own experiences and creativity;
- Generating ideas - using random online idea generators;
- Choosing a title for your crime novel;
- How to get noticed by mainstream and niche publishing houses;
- Building a successful online presence for your e-book;
- Writing a great blurb for your crime novel;
- How to build your confidence and sustain your motivation as an author;
Who can take the Crime Writing Diploma course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Crime Writing Diploma course?We estimate that the course will take about 14 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.