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Crime Writing: Making it Real – Custody and Suspect Interviews Workshop

15 May 2021
Online

Course details

Course begins: 15 May 2021
Venue: Online
Location: Online
Provider: Graham Bartlett – Police Advisor
Capacity: 30
Fee: £90
Contact details: graham.bartlett@policeadvisor.co.uk
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Course description

A LIVE ONE-DAY ONLINE WORKSHOP FOR WRITERS WHO ARE SERIOUS ABOUT CREATING REALISTIC, GRIPPING CRIME FICTION. MEET THE EXPERTS AND GAIN REAL INSIGHT INTO WHAT HAPPENS ONCE A SUSPECT ENTERS UK POLICE CUSTODY.
Led by Police Advisor Graham Bartlett, former senior detective and Sunday Times bestselling author, this online interactive workshop will unveil the real processes that follow the arrest of a suspect – who does what and how.

With help from an experienced custody officer, a homicide interviewer and a live web-chat with a defence solicitor, Graham will illustrate the law and procedure with real world examples and show you how to mould fact into well-paced, authentic fiction.

During the day you’ll cover topics including how suspects are treated, their rights and restrictions, how a custody block looks and feels, police powers, limitations of detention including the use of bail, the role of the custody officer, interviewer and solicitor, how interviews are conducted, phased and escalated, no comment interviews, charging decisions, the CPS and court, and more.

You will hear from those whose day job this is, see interviews and examples and quiz Graham and a practising solicitor on anything crime related.

You’ll work in a friendly and supportive online group towards your final writing exercise, where you’ll use your new-found knowledge to accurately plot a dramatic interview scene where detectives, solicitor and suspect collide.

This workshop is part of our Crime Writing: Making it Real course series with Police Advisor Graham Bartlett, helping writers craft authentic crime stories.

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