The thinking behind my online crime fiction course

I recently did a Q and A session for a magazine to promote our online crime fiction course and thought it would be of interest. If you wish to find out more about the course, you can contact me on deangriss@btintenet.com

 

What inspired you to launch the online Crime Fiction Course?

A I started the course having taught writers for more than 15 years and feeling that I have something to offer aspiring crime writers.

 

What attracted you to the Crime Fiction genre?

A I like crime fiction because of the way it allows you to blend strong plots with powerful character development and a compelling sense of place. I am fascinated by the secrets which people keep hidden from those around them and crime fiction allows me to explore that.

 

How did you get into the Crime Fiction genre?

A I have been a journalist for many years, much of that time spent specialising in crime reporting, and it seemed logical to use that experience of being around police officers, especially detectives, in my novels. There really is no substitute for having been there.

 

Which of your own experiences in the Crime Fiction genre will you be drawing upon to help your students? 

A With 17 novels published, I feel that I can help the students tackle the many challenges that crime fiction presents, everything from developing the original idea to offering an insight into the way publishers and editors think.

 

Do you feel that the course is suitable for all of those interested in Crime Fiction writing, no prior experience necessary?

A The course can work for everyone from beginner to the more experienced writer. As I have found with my own writing, you never stop learning.

 

Do you feel that the online nature of the course is more beneficial for the student than if it was held in person? If so, why?

A I do teach creative courses classes and teaching in person is always preferable but over the years I have worked  with writers all over the world and online has worked well, allowing a very personal service to be provided despite the long distances involved.

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