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Certificate in Crime Writing Online Course

Begin A Career In Crime Writing

Begin A Career In Crime Writing

 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.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • 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.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Crime Writing
  2. Comprehensive 10 module Accredited 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 purchase 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.

Module 1: An Introduction to Becoming a Crime Writer

  • 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;

Module 2: An Overview of the Crime Writing Genre and Well-Known Crime Authors

  • 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;

Module 3: Choosing Your Readers and Your Writing Style

  • 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;

Module 4: How to Choose Your Book’s Setting, and How to Get Your Book Off to a Great Start

  • 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;

Module 5: Creating Thrilling Characters for Your Crime Story

  • 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;

Module 6: Planning and Building a Gripping Plot for Your Crime Story

  • 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;

Module 7: The Importance of Good Dialogue, and How to Write it

  • 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;

Module 8: Using Description and Stylistic Devices, to Enrich Your Writing

  • 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;

Module 9: Creative Writing Practice and Generating Ideas in Crime Fiction

  • 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;

Module 10: How to Get Your Crime Novel Published

  • 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;

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

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.: 070NSA44
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime access to course material
Time required: Study at your own pace
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate of Completion