ONLINE WORKSHOP: Writing True Crime

A portrait of Leigh Straw, a woman with medium peach skin and red hair. She is smiling against a green background

A portrait of Leigh Straw
10 October 2021 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Leigh Straw
Whether it’s the joy of transgression or a delight in being deviant, true crime fascinates because the stories are real and multi-dimensional. A crime or a criminal will draw attention but it’s the wider story that extends the fascination. There’s the broader context which includes the victims, the police investigators, the courts, the media, and society as a whole. True crime books offer ‘armchair detectives’ the opportunity to participate and get involved in either solving the crime or understanding a true crime case or story in relation to history and society.

This workshop will take place online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

In this workshop, true crime author and historian, Leigh Straw, will demonstrate what is involved in piecing together a true crime story. Using examples from her own research and writing, Leigh will demonstrate the importance of evidence and interpretation in shaping the story being written. Bring along your unfinished manuscripts, or even your rough notes on what your future true crime book might be, and we will work these into a plan for you to develop and finish your book. This workshop will also offer important tips about how to get your true crime book published.

What to Bring:

Bring along your unfinished manuscript, notes or ideas to workshop. Be prepared to share one example of a true crime book which has inspired you.

You will learn:

  •   The importance of evidence and interpretation in detailing a true crime story;
  •  The relevance of connecting the true crime story within a wider historical and social context;
  • How to tell the true crime story in a way that captures the interest of the reader;
  •  The relevance of the writer and their subject;
  • How to develop a ‘pitch’ to publish your true crime book.

About Leigh Straw

Leigh Straw is an academic, historian and writer. She is the author of true crime biographies of Australian crime figures Kate Leigh and Dulcie Markham, and Australia’s first female detective, Lillian Armfield. Her latest book is The Petticoat Parade: Madam Monnier and the Roe Street Brothels (Fremantle Press, 2021). Leigh Straw is Deputy Head of the National School of Arts and Sciences and Senior Lecturer in History at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

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If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus a year's subscription to ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.

 And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.


Phone: 90947840
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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