Diploma In Crime Writing

Diploma In Crime Writing
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There’s a book in all of us, so the saying goes! If you’re gripped by the suspense and intrigue of your favourite crime authors, and you have ideas for your own plot twists, why not invest in this crime writing diploma and bring them to life? This great value course features 10 engaging modules that will help you discover your style as a writer and develop the skills you need to get your crime fiction novel ready to be published.

What Crime Writing Skills Will I Learn?

This crime writing course is packed full of varied modules covering different areas of crime fiction writing. You’ll gain an important overview of the different sub-genres of crime writing, and develop the techniques needed to plan a plot to engage your readers. As you work your way through the modules you’ll also pick up tips on structure, how to keep your readers guessing, and character creation. With interactive content also showing you how to craft a compelling start and end to your crime novel, and how to write a gripping back cover blurb, no detail has been missed in this writing diploma.

Will This Course Show Me How To Get Published?

The journey from idea to published work can be a difficult one, but this course will definitely set you on the path towards achieving your crime writing ambitions. With interactive modules helping you to learn who you are as a writer, and giving you a firm grounding in all the key elements of crime fiction and how to structure a novel, you’ll give yourself the best chance of becoming a published author. This course also looks at mainstream and niche publishers, self-publishing, and the careers of famous writers in the field - so you’ll pick up plenty of practical tips on the industry.


Work through the 10 interactive modules on crime writing and becoming a crime fiction writer.

  • An introduction to the crime writing genre.
  • Learn what makes a great crime writer.
  • Look at famous crime writers such as John Le Carré and Arthur Conan Doyle.
  • Understand more about the crime fiction market and sub-genres.
  • Learn how to identify your target audience.
  • Invent settings and locations for your book.
  • Practise integrating different themes within your story.
  • Learn about creating believable character profiles.
  • Look at the role of secondary characters and how they feature in your plot.
  • Tips and techniques to help you build a thrilling plot.
  • Gain an understanding of how to structure a crime fiction novel.
  • Learn more about the different types of dialogue, and the effects created by them.
  • Consider your crime scene.
  • Complete a practical exercise in idea generation.
  • Study different methods of idea generation.
  • Think about possible titles.
  • Learn how to create a blurb for your novel.
  • Gain insight into approaching and getting noticed by publishing houses.
  • Take a look at e-books and marketing them online.


  • Suitable for beginners, or those with some writing experience, who are interested in the crime genre.
  • Learn about famous crime writers and their writing styles.
  • Get practical tips on writing and structuring a novel, from start to finish.
  • Gain the skills needed to create believable characters and build suspense.
  • Apply what you’ve learned to other fiction genres and novel ideas.
  • Learn what it is to be a published author, and how to get there.
  • Benefit from advice on the publishing industry, and how to get your novel noticed.
  • Start a rewarding new hobby at a pace and time to suit you.
  • Enjoy an easy to access, fun, online learning environment.
  • Learn on any internet-enabled device, including many tablets and mobile phones.
  • Gain a recognised diploma on completion of a multiple-choice test at the end of the course.
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
Course Code
Online Course
Course Access
1 Year
Exams Included
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Operating Systems
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Google Chrome
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