The Secret to Writing Bestselling
Crime Fiction: A Masterclass
with Vaseem Khan and Abir Mukherjee

In the company of two bestselling crime novelists, this workshop will examine the key ingredients in writing crime fiction.

Interrogating elements such as structure, opening scenes, plot development, characterisation, using location, writing effective relationships and dialogue, and creating the ‘wow’ factor, this workshop will give you the tools to write, finish or edit your crime novel, and advice on how to make it stand out when submitting to today’s inundated agents and publishers. Subgenres such as cosy crime, psychological crime, police procedurals, and historical crime will be examined.

Discounted rates

London Writers Network members receive a 10% discount on Spread the Word’s paid programme of activities, and access to two free specially programmed London Writers Network events a year. You can find out more about the London Writers Network scheme here.

To see if you are eligible for a concessionary rate, please take a look at our concessions policy.

Spread the Word is grateful to our friends and partners at Finsbury Library for their support. 

Masterclass Tutors

Vaseem Khan


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Vaseem Khan is the bestselling author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency novels, a crime series based in Mumbai, India and featuring a baby elephant. The first book in the series, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Times bestseller, a Waterstones’ paperback of the year, and an Amazon Best Debut.

Vaseem studied finance at LSE, before working a decade in India as a management consultant. He returned to the UK in 2006 and has since worked at University College London for the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. His latest book in the series is The Strange Disappearance of a Bollywood Star. His website is:

Abir Mukherjee


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Winner of the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition, Abir Mukherjee’s atmospheric debut, A Rising Man, is set in 1920s Calcutta and features Captain Sam Wyndham, a former Scotland Yard detective who has come to India in search of a fresh start. It was a Times Book of the Month and Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month, was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize and is currently Waterstones Thriller Book of the Month. Abir grew up in Scotland. He trained as a chartered accountant and turned to writing at the age of forty, just to see if there might be more to life than accounting. His second novel, A Necessary Evil, will be published in June 2017. His website is

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