Some of you may remember a previous guest I had on the blog, Adam from WritersDetective.com. Adam works in Major Crimes on the West Coast.
The guest post is entitled, What it Feels Like Inside a Crime Scene: A Detective’s POV. In which, he captured the memory of his first crime scene.
To help crime writers, Adam created an online course that will teach you about writing detectives. Each Saturday at 9am Pacific Time, he’ll meet you online to cover all the things you should know about the detective you’ve created. If you can’t be online for the discussion, each week’s session will be recorded and made available to you.
At the time of this posting he’s probably on Week 3. *awkward smile* Oops. I’ve been held up in my writer’s cave for most of November, polishing my new thriller, Wings of Mayhem, which I finally sent to my publisher last night with only hours left to spare before the end-of-year deadline. Whew!
Adam has created such a valuable opportunity for crime writers and/or anyone with detectives in their book(s). Which is why I’m shining a light on exactly what we’ll learn. You can even get a feel for the course by listening to the first podcast without subscribing. At the end of this post I’ll show you where to go.
Each podcast is extremely detailed and lasts about an hour, give or take.
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Writing Detectives: Class Outline
Week 1 covers the basics of the job:
How Detectives get their cases.
Knowing when to make the arrest.
What it takes to become a Detective.
The realities of daily life.
What is a Murder Book?
Week 2 moves on to Character Creation:
Creating a believable character.
How to create a story out of a character profile.
The personality traits that every Detective develops.
The specialty training that Detectives receive.
Week 3 is all about what makes a Detective GREAT at their job and how to bring that to life in your story:
Understanding Interview & Interrogation.
The realities of the “Right to Remain Silent.”
Does Good Cop / Bad Cop really work?
What’s surveillance really like?
Week 4 is about the Departments your characters work for:
The differences between small and large departments.
The importance of rank with your characters.
Specialty Units (such as SWAT and many others).
The realities of inter-department relationships.
Techniques for improving your research about your character’s agency.
Finally, Week 5 will cover equipment and other technical stuff:
The gun belt and all the things that go in it.
Are those vests really “bulletproof” and how noticeable are they?
Police cars – and what can that computer in the car actually do?
Police helicopters – FLIR.
The course will conclude with a REVERSE-FINAL EXAM. Unlike any class you’ve taken before, YOU write the final and Adam will your questions. The REVERSE-FINAL EXAM is your opportunity to get all of your remaining questions answered. This is where you can get your story-specific questions personally answered. Click here to enroll!
Check out the first podcast at: WritersDetective 5-Week Course.