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Have you ever wondered exactly how the police respond to and investigate a murder?
Does the ‘who does what’ in crime investigation blow your mind?
Do you worry that too much or too little procedure might ruin your story?
Why not spend four weeks building a murder investigation, coached by crime experts who will reveal what actually happens once a body has been found. Then apply that knowledge in writing assignments to help inject more authenticity into your crime fiction.
This course is unique in that it is written and delivered by crime writers, for crime writers. Over the course you will work in your own time and at your own pace, supported by those who have done the job for real and are proven novelists too.
Join Kate Bendelow, Lesley McEvoy and me as we take you through a murder investigation from first call to arrest and interview of the suspect. Aided by specialist inputs from best selling crime writers Peter James, Elly Griffiths, Abir Mukherjee, Mark Billingham, Julia Crouch you’ll learn not only the mecahnics and timeline of a murder enquiry, but how to write it in a way that grips readers and accelerates pace.
We cover –
# Crime scene identification
# Lines of enquiry and the ‘golden hour’
# Forensics and investigative steps
# Developing your ‘murder squad’ and protagonist
# The roles of the team
# Creating a worthy antagonist
# Writing authentic arrest and interview scenes
# By the end of the course you will:
# Know how to read a crime scene and come up with lines of enquiry
# Understand the sequence and timeline of a typical investigation
# Be able to write the process that leads to the identification, arrest and interview of a suspect
# Feel confident about which professionals are involved and how they work together
# Know how to create credible and unique protagonists, avoiding cliches
# Have the knowledge to build credible drama out of what can be flat and bureaucratic procedures
# Know what makes an intriguing suspect and how to dramatise a hunt
# Have learned techniques to keep your readers at the centre of the action