Create and Solve a Murder—Writing Authentic Homicide Investigations Online Course
|Event Type:||Online course|
|Other Links:|| https://twitter.com/gbpoliceadvisor|
Online via specialist training platform
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A VIRTUAL CRIME SCENE ON THIS DEEP-DIVE COURSE – AND GAIN THE TOOLS TO WRITE MORE AUTHENTIC INVESTIGATIONS AND CHARACTERS
Follow a murder investigation as it rolls out, joining a senior investigating officer, CSI and behavioural analyst as they reveal what actually happens at a crime scene and during an investigation. Then put that expert knowledge to work in a series of intensive writing assignments devised to help you inject more authenticity into your crime fiction.
Led by Peter James’ and Mark Billingham’s Police Advisor, Graham Bartlett, a former senior detective and Sunday Times bestselling author, the four-week course immerses you in a virtual crime scene. You’ll be there when the first emergency call comes in, see the initial photos from the scene, and start making hypotheses about the victim and suspect – and explore ways to use real police procedure to heighten the drama in your writing.
Along with a small group of like-minded writers you’ll learn week by week as the investigation unfolds:
- How to read a crime scene and come up with lines of enquiry
- The process that leads to the identification, arrest and interview of a suspect
- Which professionals are involved and how they work together
- How to build credible drama out of what can be flat and bureaucratic procedure
- What makes an intriguing suspect and how to dramatise a hunt
- Techniques to keep your reader at the centre of the action.
You’ll join live sessions to discuss the case with the Senior Investigating Officer, pick the brain of expert CSI Kate Bendelow, quiz Behavioural Analyst Lesley McEvoy on her work, and watch exclusive videos from crime writers Peter James, Elly Griffiths, Mark Billingham and Julia Crouch.
At the end of the course you are invited to submit a 2,000-word piece of fiction inspired by the case or from your work in progress for Graham’s feedback.
This course is part of our Crime Writing: Making it Real course series with Police Advisor Graham Bartlett, helping writers craft authentic crime stories.
This is not Zoom or video learning and you don’t have to log in at a set time to join the course – though we do feature a couple of live Zoom Q&A sessions.
Share this event: