Write your detective novel: a masterclass to go from idea to publication | Guardian masterclasses

A lot of people have a brilliant idea for a compelling and suspenseful novel, but very few of them have really set to work to produce a complete novel that not only makes their ideas sound, but is marketable. One of the fundamental reasons for this is that writing fiction takes a lot of work, but the truth is, the key parts of the process are things anyone can learn – including how to stay motivated when you feel pressured to. create.

If you have an idea for a murderous detective story, but feel overwhelmed or unprepared to put your brilliant ideas on the page Claire McGowanThe new detective writing masterclass is your tonic. Under the expert guidance of this number one bestselling crime writer, you will examine the essentials of writing a marketable novel, including concept, structure, suspense, character and point of view, as well as critical elements of the genre.

Beyond the key ingredients of a bestselling novel, you will also discover essential information about the current market and the avenues available to publish your finished work – which means this masterclass is a must for anyone who wants to start writing their detective novel. , then continue writing it to the end full of suspense and twist.

Course content

  • What is detective fiction and what is its current market?

  • The essential elements of criminal writing

  • Workshop on your idea of ​​crime

  • Get published

  • Why write detective novels: advantages of the genre

  • Questions and answers

You will receive a link to the webinar 2 hours before the 2 p.m. start time (BST)

Tutor profile

Claire McGowan published her first novel in 2012 and followed it along with many others in the crime fiction genre, as well as in female fiction (writing as Eva Woods). She has had three radio plays aired on Radio 4, and her last two thrillers have both gone to number one on Kindle. She ran the UK’s first Masters in Police Writing for five years, and regularly teaches and speaks writing. In screenwriting, Claire was selected as the 2018 Nickelodeon Comedy Writers’ International Fellow, working in Los Angeles for six months. She was also a finalist at Sundance Episodic Lab, BBC3’s The Break, Writer-in-Residence Dancing Ledge, and the BBC Drama Room. She has also written a play, numerous articles in the national press, news and an audiobook on real crime for Audible. She has three screenplays in development with production companies, and her actual detective story series is also in development for television.

You will receive a link to the webinar 2 hours before the 2 p.m. start time (BST).


Dated: Saturday July 17 – Sunday July 18 2021
Time: 2 p.m.-5 p.m. (BST)
Price: £ 199 (plus £ 2.48 booking fee)
Event capacity: 45

This masterclass is available worldwide. If you are joining us from outside the UK please use this time zone converter to check your local live broadcast time.

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