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Short Course: Writing Thrillers

November 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 7, 14, 21, 28 November and 5 December 2019

Birmingham and Midland Institute

Thrillers and crime novels now outsell all other fiction, responsible for an astonishing 18.7 million book sales in the UK in 2017. They might be popular, but in a crowded marketplace, how do we ensure our thriller stands out from the crowd?

Liam Brown, author of four internationally-published novels, shares his secrets for crafting an unforgettable – and unputdownable – thriller.

From developing strong characters to plotting your story and developing a sucker-punch twist, over five weeks we’ll explore the ways you can take your writing to the next level, as well as exploring strategies for getting your novel published once its finished.

Through a series of practical workshop exercises, with plenty of opportunity to share your work and ask questions, you’ll learn how to create and sustain suspense, and satisfy readers with your plot.

This course is open to experienced prose writers and beginners alike.



Liam Brown is the author of four novels, Real Monsters (2015), Wild Life (2016), Broadcast (2017), and Skin (2019). His work has been published internationally, translated into several languages and optioned by a major Hollywood studio.


Course dates:

Thursdays, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, on 7, 14, 21, 28 November and 5 December 2019

Tea & coffee available (donations welcome) from 6pm in the Members’ Lounge.


Please note: you must sign up for the full course even if you cannot attend all dates. No partial course ticket is available.

Short Courses are for over 18s. If you are a young writer, you can sign up for our Spark Young Writers Programme.

All Writing West Midlands short courses are collaborative, and you will learn as much from your fellow course attendees as from the tutor. You will be expected to play an active role in group tasks, and you will also have time to reflect on your own writing during sessions.

Course handouts are sometimes (but not always) available, and notes may be available in advance upon request. If you have any additional needs, please contact Writing West Midlands in advance of the course starting and we will try to assist you.

Presented in partnership with the Birmingham & Midland Institute.


Birmingham and Midland Institute
9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom


Writing West Midlands