Crime and mystery course

Online West

Who is this course for?

This course is for those learners who are interested in a “Whodunnit” style murder mystery story, where the aim is to present potential perpetrators and a variety of clues and red herrings to entertain the reader; allowing them the opportunity to predict who the murderer might be & who may enjoy the chase, being on the trail & correctly identifying the perpetrator. You will learn via Zoom how to plan an authentic plot and build a range of characters. You will learn how to describe people, places and how to create suspense & tension. Also, you will practise dialogue writing and how to create potential ‘red herrings.’ Also, how not to give the game away, making the story unpredictable and interesting.

This course will entail working in a group and in Breakout Rooms on Zoom. Being competent to do literary-based activities and being able to plan and develop a plot or storyline.

Course content

How to plan /write a murder mystery short story. How to create characters, tension, dialogue, with possibly a twist to the ending!

Support and feedback

By sending your written work weekly to the tutor, via email, who will give constructive feedback.

Additional costs and requirements

Minimum of GCSE English Language

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone / headphones and a good internet connection, paper, pen, notebook, etc.

Additional information and resources

How will I learn?

You will be working with your tutor and other learners using an online video platform called Zoom.

During the sessions there will be set tasks and discussions with your tutor and other learners. You will work on developing your ideas around set themes. Your tutor will give feedback and will support you throughout the course.

What can I do next?

You may like to enrol on another creative writing course with Learn Devon.

You may like to join an online creative writing group or one that meets locally to you.

Your tutor will suggest ideas on what you can practice and how to build on what you have learnt. They will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.

Start date04 March 2022
End date11 March 2022
Start time13:00
End time15:00
Concessions not available