Crime writing: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HW084
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
This is a practical course ideally designed for participants who are already writing. Some models of strong crime writing will be used for purposes of illustration and analysis. Students will benefit from stimulating writing exercises, feedback and encouragement.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Why crime?
- Point of view
- Character and conflict
- Plot schema
- Setting and atmosphere
- Evaluation and review.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Respond to and assess a piece of writing with sensitivity
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the basic elements of the genre
- Discuss the particular constraints and problems of the genre
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection of character, plot and conflict.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For beginning and more experienced writers who read crime fiction and would like to try their hand at writing in the genre.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of a mixture of taught themes, in-class exercises and feedback on students' work.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pens, paper, notebooks, previous work if wished.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Gerry Byrne's crime novel, Ruby, is published by Victor Gollancz and her poetry and short stories have appeared in many magazines. She received a London Arts Board bursary for her work-in-progress, Survivors. She is currently working on a non-fiction guide to novel writing, Writing with Both Hands.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.