September 3, 2013 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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Writing West Midlands
Unit 204
The Custard Factory,Gibb Street,Birmingham
B9 4AA
£90 for all six sessions.
This course aims to solve the mysteries of crime writing. It will include:
An introduction to the genre: exploring the scope of crime fiction, both novels and short fiction, along with a discussion of your own understanding and interests; structuring a plot – drama, conflict and resolution; building suspense and achieving the right pace; developing three-dimensional characters, avoiding stereotypes and unfolding a back story; writing realistic dialogue; establishing the setting; creating atmosphere; finding a voice; research and realism.
There will also be advice on getting published, polishing your work and writing a pitch or synopsis. Sessions will be delivered through a combination of interactive teaching, group discussion and exercises, and there will be opportunities (for those who want to) to share and peer-critique work.
Chris Collett has been a special needs teacher and university lecturer in Birmingham for thirty years, but for the last ten of these has also turned to crime. The latest in her series of police procedurals, featuring Birmingham DI Tom Mariner, will be published by Severn House in June 2013. Chris has extensive experience of working with agents and editors for the publication of her six crime novels and short stories in other genres and is a manuscript assessor for the Crime Writers Association (CWA).
This course will run from Tuesday 3 September – Tuesday 15 October (excluding Tuesday 8 October), 6 – 8pm.
How to Book:
To book your place, please visit our box office, The Box, online by clicking here. You can also call to book on 0121 236 4455

 Best-selling romantic novelist Miranda Dickinson, who’s a member of the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Assocation) is running the 'New Rose Prize' for the second time and there are plenty of opportunities for unpublished writers to submit their work by 31st August.

competition guidelines - There are 5 different categories to choose from: Crime, Literary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult or First Chapter of a novel and you can enter as many as you like, as long as you send each entry on a separate email.