Crime Novel Intensive: Long Course

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05 February 2022 - 10:00 to 04 June 2022 - 4:00
Anna Snoekstra
Join award-winning, best-selling crime writer Anna Snoekstra for an intensive deep-dive into all aspects of writing crime. This long course mixes full-day in-person workshops and online seminars to cover the elements of excellent crime writing.

Whodunnit – Characters in Crime - Full Day Workshop
Saturday 5 February, 10am-4pm

Unreliable narrators and amateur detectives. Sleuths and sidekicks. What makes a compelling character in the world of crime fiction? Learn to write nuanced, complex characters that your readers will invest in.

Red herrings, plot twists, and how to keep your reader guessing - Online seminar
Thursday 17 March, 6:30-8pm

A great mystery must skirt the line of being too obtuse, nor too obvious. In this seminar we will delve into how create a satisfying mystery and pay-off for the reader.

Howdunnit – Plotting and Structure in Crime - Full Day Workshop
Saturday 2 April, 10am-4pm

Double crossings. Hidden motives. Third act twists. When writing crime stories we engage both our left and right brains. Using both practical and creative methods you will learn the building blocks to structure a killer plot that will keep your reader glued to the page.

Fridging, Sexy Lamps, and other crime cliches to avoid - Online seminar
Thursday 19 May, 6:30-8pm

When does a trope become a cliché? When does a crime narrative become problematic? This seminar is all about looking deep into the sticky, tricky and sometimes uncomfortable side of writing crime fiction.

Wheredunnit – Setting in Crime - Full Day Workshop
Saturday 4 June, 10am-4pm

Small towns with big secrets. Police headquarters. Crime scenes. Successful settings in crime fiction are characters unto themselves. In this workshop you will learn how to create a sense of place that will captivate and entrance.

You will Learn:

  • The landscape and history of the crime fiction genre

  • What readers expect and how to both satisfy and surprise them

  • How to keep readers glued to the page

  • My tool to creating genuine and fascinating characters

  • The fundamentals of building suspense


About Anna Snoekstra

Anna is a novelist and screenwriter living in Melbourne. Her short work has appeared in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Griffith Review, LitHub and she contributes regularly to Lindsay Magazine. Her first novel Only Daughter was released in 2016, and was optioned by Universal Pictures to be a feature film. Since then, she has published two more crime novels in more than twenty countries: Little Secrets and The Spite Game.


Not a Member?

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.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947855
Donation $ 0.00
Concession $ 480.00
Member $ 570.00
Non-Member $ 795.00

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