Writing Crime Fiction: Where’s the body?

Greg Woodland

Saturday 17 September 2022, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

Participants in face to face courses must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must comply with any other precautionary measures Writing NSW puts in place.

In this workshop, Greg Woodland will ask some tricky questions (such as: Where’s the body?) and look at examples from modern masters of crime fiction to help you uncover your inner detective and dig deeper into the elements of writing crime fiction.

Questions we’ll consider:

  • Who’s my audience? We’ll explore sub-genres of crime fiction: cosy or gritty; mystery or thriller; creepy or violent, and whether to use suspense or shock.
  • Who are my suspects? Everybody’s got something to hide… let’s talk about how to assign motive with inner and outer conflict, and create authentic characterisation.
  • What issues does the investigation raise? This is where theme comes into play.
  • Your three most important characters: the detective, the killer, and the place –landscape and setting as a character in itself, with weather as a reflection of character and mood. Urban or rural; city or outback town; desert or coastal?
  • To subvert the tropes… or not to subvert the tropes?
  • To outline… or not to outline? Let’s talk plotting versus pantsing.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected learning outcomes

In this workshop, participants will improve their understanding of:

  • The core elements of writing crime fiction.
  • What it takes to create an original detective, an all-powerful killer, and an original and atmospheric setting.
  • How to use conflict and suspense in writing a page-turner.

This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Please bring pen and paper, or fully charged device.

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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