Writing Crime

Writing Crime

Who: PD Martin
Saturday 17 June, 10am–4pm
Full Price: $180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
Early and emerging

Ever wanted to write a crime novel? Or need to take an existing draft to the next level? In this one-day intensive course, PD Martin will guide you through some of the major elements of writing a crime fiction novel.

Writing crime brings together in-depth research, intriguing characters, and a plot with enough twists and turns to keep the savvy crime reader engaged — and guessing. We’ll also cover some of the basics of good writing as they apply to the genre, including character development, plot development, dialogue and the all important writing process.

This course will help you plan and write your first crime novel, or help you dramatically improve an existing draft.

Learning Outcomes

  1. A greater understanding of the different crime sub-genres and best writing styles within each sub-genre.
  2. Improved general writing skills.
  3. Tools to create believable and engaging characters.
  4. A range of plot tools to keep your readers turning the page.

Participant Requirements
Please bring a novel you’ve read recently; two printed copies of one or two pages of dialogue you’ve written (double spaced, Times New Roman); pen and paper and/or laptop.

About the tutor
Phillipa (PD) Martin
is the author of five crime fiction novels published in 13 countries. Her Sophie Anderson series — Body Count, The Murderers’ Club, Fan Mail, The Killing Hands and Kiss of Death — met with international acclaim. In 2011 she moved into ebooks, releasing Coming Home, Hell’s Fury and two novels for younger readers. She’s currently working on a literary crime novel and studying the literary crime genre for her PhD in Creative Writing. Find out more about at



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