The Craft of Crime Writing with Declan Burke Irish Writers Centre

Booked Out: Online: The Craft of Crime Writing with Declan Burke

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Starts: Wed 2 June 2021
Time: 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 
Duration: 8 Weeks
Cost: €240/€220

Course Level: Beginner/Emerging

All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)


Course Summary

Hosted by the award-winning author Declan Burke, ‘The Craft of Crime Writing’ will provide the basic tools required to write a crime novel, which will incorporate an overview of the various elements of the crime novel and practical advice on how to begin and develop your work in progress. The course applies to the many sub-genres of the crime genre: mystery fiction, police procedural, domestic noir, the thriller, the private eye / spy novel, hardboiled noir, etc.

 Course Outline

‘The Craft of Crime Writing’ breaks down the various elements required to write a crime novel. Those elements include plot and story, character development, setting, language and style, and dialogue, with each day devoted to a particular topic. The course will be conducted in a conversational style, which will allow for regular question-and-answer sessions. Ideally, the participants will put forward work they have previously written, or write during the course, for the purpose of feedback and critique.  

Course Outcomes:

The participant will take away the tools required to write a crime novel, along with practical advice on how to begin their work, and establish and maintain a writing routine.


Declan Burke’s Eightball Boogie (2003), Absolute Zero Cool (2011) and Slaughter’s Hound (2012) were shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards. Absolute Zero Cool won the Goldsboro Award in 2012. He is also the editor of Down These Green Streets (2011) and Trouble is Our Business (2016), and the co-editor, with John Connolly, of Books to Die For (2013), which won the Anthony Award for Best Non-Fiction Crime. His latest novel, The Lammisters (2019), was acclaimed as one of the Books of the Year by both the Guardian and Sunday Independent


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