Crime Writing Course

Hey! This course is NOT going ahead as I cannot do another weekend course and be at the shop four days a week, you can sign up for the CEC course that starts in late October.

So this is a thing:
Crime Writing Introduction classes! (In Person)

I am available to teach the same course that I teach at CEC via our bookshop.
I have two people wanting to do this. (Thank you for giving me the much-needed push to offer this in Upper Hutt!)
It might be an early September start but I would prefer it to start on August 28 as I have several commitments in October.
For the course to be worthwhile I need 1 more person to make the minimum (3).
($100 per person for the course) I can go ahead with 3 people and the maximum I can have in the shop for this is 5 people.
It’s 2 hours a day once a week for five weeks (Probably a Sunday). (I have dropped a day because with a small group we can get away 5 lessons – and as I’m charging $50 less than the Wellington course, the cost will stay the same.)
If the companion text is bought from me during the course it is NZ$15, if you buy it from Amazon it’ll cost you AU$35.
One lesson a week is enough time for the information and so forth to sink in before the next topic. The venue is “Writers Plot bookshop” in Upper Hutt.
I need numbers by August.
If you’ve wanted to learn more about the crime writing course then drop me a line via the contact page on this website.
Please put “Crime Writing” as the subject so the email doesn’t get deleted by accident.

About the course:
This course is designed to introduce new writers (and more experienced writers) to the world of crime writing. You will be looking at writing basics, crime genres, characters, story construction, research, plotting and story arcs, outlining (yay or nay), heroes and villains and finish with log lines and synopsis writing, among other things. This is an intense but fun course.
The objective is to encourage and support you by imparting knowledge that you can apply going forward and find real enjoyment in writing crime (or whatever you go on to write).
Bring notebook and pens.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to the following and more:

  • Create an outline for a crime novel or short story.
  • Construct characters’ maps and believable characters.
  • Demonstrate and recognize active and passive writing.
  • Develop sound and robust research techniques.
  • Use plot diagrams to enhance an outline.
  • Construct loglines, taglines, and blurbs.

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