This course is ideal for: People who want to write compelling crime and terrific thrillers
How to write a gripping page-turner
The different types of crime/thriller fiction
The ingredients every good story needs
How to manage characters, pace, suspense and climax
Publishing options and more.
“I loved this course! I learnt so much about what is essential for a crime and thriller novel, about how these genres differ from other genres (and also from each other). It was practical and helpful.”
– Melinda Woledge, Crime and Thriller Writing graduate
The top 10 living crime fiction authors have sold 450 million books and that figure just keeps rising. Even J.K. Rowling is now writing crime fiction. Do you love gritty detectives, troubled PIs and cool FBI agents? Or are you a fan of fast-paced, high stakes thrillers with a hero plunged into danger on a seemingly impossible mission?
Crime and thriller novels dominate the bestseller lists around the world. Just think of Michael Connelly, Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson, David Baldacci, Patricia Cornwall, Janet Evanovich or Michael Robotham. Or shows like The Bourne Identity, Law and Order, Sherlock and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
Over five evenings, author L.A. Larkin will guide you on a journey into the murky and murderous world of crime fiction and thrillers.
With our Online Live courses, you participate online from the comfort of your own home in a live Zoom video-based classroom. Your presenter and your classmates are right there with you in real time.
"The course has had a huge impact on my writing. It's changed my understanding of the thriller genre and my approach to writing it."
– Shankari Chandran Crime and Thriller Writing graduate, and author of The Barrier.
"I found the course really valuable. It gives a great overview of the genre, everything you need to know about getting started on your novel and all the details in between."
– Julie Fison Graduate of Crime and Thriller Writing, author of One Punch"
– Liam Saville
“Louisa is brilliant! She is knowledgeable, intelligent, funny, down to earth and presented the course material in a clear and concise way that just made sense. I feel like she has given me a pair of glasses – all the fuzzy ideas I had about structure, plot, complications, turning points, action scenes and so on are now clear and in focus. I just wish I had done this course sooner!”
– Anna Haley
“My life has been impacted profoundly by all the courses I've done with AWC. This one in particular has motivated me to write that crime novel and given me skills and the direction that I needed. Go for it. It will change your life.”
– Helen Cooper
“Louisa Larkin was fantastic. So knowledgeable and obviously experienced in the genre. She was great at giving constructive feedback to ideas and very clear in the way she set out the information.”
– Saffy Ossa
Want to know where all the cool kids hang out? The Graduates’ Club of course! Now, calm down – there are no cigars, leather armchairs or loud ticking grandfather clocks here. But it IS exclusive invitation only (on completion of a course) and it’s free! Meet other writers online and share successes, seek help or just get something off your chest. Many students believe this ‘legacy learning’ is one of the most valuable things about our AWC community, and who are we to argue? So if you want to receive feedback, support and a heads-up on opportunities … join the Club!