Six-week online course: Writing Thrillers & Crime Fiction – With Sanjida Kay

Tues, 11 October 2022 – 15 November 2022
6pm – 8pm
£150 (£120 Concessions)
Optional 1–1 feedback available to buy
Six Week Course – Tutor-led

Writing Thrillers & Crime Fiction

Crime fiction is the biggest-selling genre in the UK. Join psychological thriller writer, Sanjida Kay, in this six-week online course to teach you how to write and to improve your crime fiction novel. You’ll explore the different types of thriller found within the vast field of crime fiction, look at how to plot, create suspense, mystery and heighten tension, create engaging and authentic characters that drive the plot forward and how to use set and setting to elevate and intensify your story. You will also cover point of view, multiple perspectives and how to weave themes and leitmotifs into your work. 

Please be prepared to attend every session, complete the set assignments and participate in the online sessions as required.

Who is this course for?

Most suitable for intermediate level but open to all 

Optional add-on 1–1 feedback session

The standalone course is offered at £150 (£120 Concessions). However, if you’d like to receive personalised feedback on your writing during this course,  you can purchase an optional 1–1 session with the tutor for £100/£80concessions, bringing the total cost to £250 (or £200 Concessions).  The feedback session includes reading of a short submission of your work in advance (up to 2,000 words) and a follow up face to face session over Zoom. When you go through to the Bookings page, please be sure to select the correct option if you would like to purchase this optional add-on.

About the tutor

Sanjida Kay has had four psychological thrillers published by Corvus Books: Bone by Bone, The Stolen Child, My Mother’s Secret and One Year Later. Bone by Bone went straight into the Amazon kindle best-selling list. It was long listed for the CWA Steel Dagger Award and nominated as one of the best crime and thriller books of 2016 by the Guardian and the Sunday Express. Her books have been optioned for TV, and published in other countries. She’s had two short stories published in anthologies: The Beautiful Game, in The Perfect Crime, published by Harper Collins; and The Divide in The Book of Bristol (Comma Press). 

Under her own name, of Sanjida O’Connell, she’s had four novels and four non-fiction books published. She’s also contributed to two encyclopaedias, had poetry and short stories published in anthologies and edited two collections of work by students for the charity, First Story. Sanjida has been shortlisted for the BBC Asia Awards, the Betty Trask Award for Romantic Fiction, the Daily Telegraph Science Writer’s AwardAsian Woman of the Year, and highly commended for BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Award for Nature Writing.

Bursary places

Limited bursary places are available for those who would struggle to pay the full price for an event, workshop or course with New Writing South. To apply for a bursary please fill out this application form.

We are also offering limited 50% bursaries for this event in light of the cost-of-living crisis. To apply for a 50% bursary, please fill out the 50% bursary application form.