There's always something fascinating about the dangerous side of the law.

Whether it's from the perspective of those who break the law or of those who enforce it, the adventures that stem from their exploits have kept many readers glued to their seats. Some of us even get inspired to write our own crime fiction. But how do we, law-abiding citizens, build a crime scene from our imagination? How do we lead our amateur sleuth to secure justice? Moreover, how do we get into the mind of our criminal?

How to Write Crime Fiction is a crash course that covers the basic principles of the genre, particularly how to situate crime within the story, planning out the sleuthing process, and fleshing out both the criminal and detective characters.


Minimum age for this workshop: 15 years old
Online class duration: 7 days

Our teacher

How to Write Crime Fiction is taught by Filipino writer, Dr. Joem Antonio. He has won eight Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for his plays and short stories. As part of his work in obtaining a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from UP Diliman, he did studies on crime fiction by local authors. Dr. Antonio teaches graduate students of the MA Humanities program at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

What you get with each online writing course registration

Coursework - writing workshop online course

You'll do the coursework at your own pace, but as with most writing projects, you'll have a deadline.

The moment you join the class in Google Classroom, you'll have access to all the coursework (text lectures and writing exercises), which you're meant to go through at your own schedule while aiming to finish within seven days. This mimics the typical working conditions of a writer: you have control over how you get your writing done, but your boss or client will likely have deadlines for you to meet.

Coaching - personal writing coach

Your writing coach will give you feedback.

Your assigned coach will review your writing exercises and comment on your work as needed. Your coach will also offer you one coaching call (video or voice) to discuss your goals and circumstances. This call is the only synchronous event in the online course. If you'd rather not have this coaching call, you may opt out of it.

Certificate of Completion -  writing exercises submitted by the deadline

Meet the deadline, receive a digital certificate.

If you finish all the required exercises on or before the deadline, we'll send you a digital certificate. In case you don't finish by the deadline, you may continue working on the exercises on your own, without receiving feedback from your coach. (Note: We also allow you to pay for additional weeks of coaching and extensions of your deadline, but we'd really rather you finished on time!)

Consultation - story consultation, draft or outline

Apply what you've learned by submitting your draft or outline for a story consultation.

After the end of your seven-day online course, you'll have 28 days to submit a draft or outline (maximum 2,500 words) for a complimentary story consultation. We will have 2-3 story consultants comment on your work.

Note: Because our online courses require time management, we require students aged 8-12 to have a parent or guardian to assist the child in going through coursework.

Online Class Schedules

We hold classes for eight weeks each quarter. Choose a Class Week that fits your schedule.

Class Weeks

Take this self-paced course during your preferred Class Week.

4th Quarter, 2022

  • October 15-21, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • October 22-28, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • October 29-November 4, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • November 5-11, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Group Rate!]

  • November 12-18, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • November 19-25, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • November 26-December 2, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

  • December 3-9, 2022 (Saturday-Friday), 12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00

Fees

Your registration must be fully paid before the start of class.

Standard Rate

US$80.00/PH₱4,200.00*

Group Rate

Want to get the best price? Join the group booking the Class Weeks below.

November 5-11, 2022 (Saturday-Friday)
12:00AM-11:59PM GMT/UTC+0:00 [Convert to your time zone]

Group rate: US$70.00/PH₱3,600.00*

*Minors, full-time students, employed or licensed teachers, homeschooling parents, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens are automatically given a 20% scholarship after presenting documents as proof.

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London: UTC+0 or +1
Manila: UTC+8
New York: UTC-5 or -4