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Certificate in Crime Writing Online Course

Learn how to write a good detective, mystery or crime story

Learn How To Write A Good Detective, Mystery Or Crime Story

Crime can pay! At least it does when you can write a good detective, mystery or crime story. Have you witnessed in recent years the overwhelming number of television shows, motion pictures and novels dealing in crime and the number of hungry fans devouring these stories the moment they are produced? This fast growing industry is both intriguing and rewarding for the author.

Throughout the course you will learn how to research police reports, forensic techniques, crime scenes and you will learn to think like a criminal. This course aims to take you from the spark of an idea through to being a published writer.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn how to become successful in Crime Writing
  2. Comprehensive 5 module Certificate in Crime Writing Online Course
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Crime Writing experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Introduction To Crime, Mystery And Suspense Writing

  • Who Are Your Favourite Authors?
  • Bending The Rules
  • Categories
  • Courtroom Drama
  • The Ideas Game – Inspiration
  • Clever Plotting

Putting The Story Together

  • In The Beginning
  • Who Is The Victim?
  • A Good Middle
  • The End
  • Research – Be Your Own Detective
  • How Much Is Too Much?
  • Which Weapon To Use?
  • Timing Is Everything
  • Does History Repeat Itself?
  • Characters That Live
  • Profile Your Cast Of Characters
  • Minor Characters Do Matter
  • Dialogue
  • Keeping Track
  • Learning To Read Faces
  • Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Motives And Crime Scenes

  • Moving Right Along
  • Keys To Story Layout
  • A Means To An End
  • The Crime Scene
  • Crimes And Motives
  • Your Game, My Game

From Pen To Publishing

  • Developing Your Characters
  • Strong Theme
  • Is Your Plot Working?
  • Clarifying Your Clues
  • Are You Still On Time?
  • First Draft
  • Check Everything
  • Need More Action?
  • Whose Voice Is It?
  • Style
  • What’S At Stake?
  • Is Your Point Clear?
  • Revising Your Draft
  • What Does An Editor Look For?
  • Presenting The Manuscript
  • Your Synopsis
  • A Reader Impact Title
  • Who Are The Publishers?
  • You As A Writer
  • Your Writing Day
  • Planning
  • Keeping Accurate Records
  • Targets, Deadlines
  • In The Mood
  • Tackling Writer’S Block
  • Tricks And Ploys

The Business Of Getting Published

  • Submitting Your Manuscript
  • What To Do About Rejection
  • Future Action
  • Do I Need An Agent?
  • The Art Of Self-Promotion
  • Websites For Writers
  • Recommended Reading
  • Non Fiction
  • Fiction Books
  • Crime Writers’ Associations
  • Glossary Of Terms

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Open entry

Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 009OACWD
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited Lifetime Access
Tutor Support: Yes
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion