Crime fiction can be as much a mystery to writers as it is to readers. While the reader tries to figure out ‘Whodunnit?’, the aspiring writer might ask ‘Howdunnit?’ In this 6-week program, the author Ashley Kalagian Blunt will reveal exactly how she does it in her popular novels.
Working together you will explore crime fiction sub-genres and the rules they operate by – which rules you can bend and which you can break. You will explore the various types of protagonists and antagonists. Structure is essential, so you will be shown the ins and outs of plotting and planning effective crime fiction.
Throughout, the focus will be on helping you develop your own work, whether you are coming into the class with the glimmer of an idea or have a substantial work already in progress. Weekly class exercises will help you push ahead.
By the end of the course you should have gained an understanding of the important elements and techniques of crime fiction, while having had the chance to develop and extend your writerly skills. In the final session – the denouement – you will have the chance to hear from a leading publisher of crime fiction to gain a better understanding of the Australian market.
Your course includes:
- A complimentary copy of a recent A&U crime fiction publication
- On completion of the course, alumni discounts on future Faber Writing Academy courses and books from the Allen & Unwin website.