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The University of Southampton
Lifelong Learning

Writing Crime Fiction

The Mystery of Suspense...

You will explore the world of crime fiction in this six-week class. You will look at fictional techniques used in all fiction, such as setting, character, plot and point of view, but with the particular twist needed for crime fiction. How do you create a villain, or a detective? How can one sustain believability while creating the twists and turns needed in crime fiction? How does dialogue work in crime fiction? You will conclude with writing a synopsis and effective pitching to agents and publishers. Classes will be based around discussion, looking at examples of crime fiction with a view to establishing what works and what doesn’t in the genre, and workshops in which you’ll share your works-in-progress with the group. The aim is for you to work towards producing a working synopsis/outline of their crime novel and possibly a first chapter.

Dr. Diana Bretherick’s book, City of Devils, won the Good Housekeeping Magazine first novel prize in 2012 and was nominated for the ITV3 Crime and Thriller Book Club Award in 2013. A former criminal barrister and a lecturer in criminology, she is also a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton.


Start Date: 5 February 2015

Time: 7-9pm

Duration: 8 weeks

Location: Avenue Campus




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