Crime Writing
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Leisure The Mint Methodist Church 01-Oct-19 15-Oct-19 Tuesday 10:00-12:00 £56 £29

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Crime writing is the biggest seller in fiction so come along and be a part of it and explore your inner sleuth! From dastardly deed to dashing detective, and anything in between, come and have a go at creating your own crime scene!

This course is designed for those who enjoy writing and who may have a particular interest in crime novels and stories. This is not an exclusive entry requirement, as you may just want to come along and discover your inner criminologist!

Over several weeks we will discuss the features of crime writing and you will start to develop a plot of your own.

To find out more:
Telephone: 01392 400260 Email:

What topics will I study?

There are further dates throughout the year - please contact us for information or visit the website again from September 2019. 

This course is delivered over three consecutive weeks and during this time we will look at various aspects of crime writing with a view to your starting your own piece of writing.

Week 1 – Detective V Criminal – we will look to outline your style of detective – what makes them stand out from the crowd (or not). How do they end up being the detective? On the other hand, you may be more interested in your criminal – how do you want your reader to respond?

Week 2 – Setting and Deed – the setting of your work may play an important part in helping to establish your crime – what do you want to say?

Week 3 – Foreshadowing and Outcome – how much detail will you use – will this be a 'locked room' event or will your allow your reader more information than your detective? We will look at creating plot-twist and the development of your outcome.


What are the entry requirements?

A love of writing, and interest in crime literature, room for discussion and shared ideas, and a relaxed approach.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. 

What can the course lead on to?

An increased interest in writing – you may wish to join other courses available, join writing groups (form one of your own!) or explore literature on a more formal level.

Are there any additional costs?


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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