create-write-connect free writing course: Introduction to Crime Fiction with Saima Mir


Spread the Word is delighted that as part of our continuing create-write-connect campaign offering free writing activities during these unprecedented times, Saima Mir will be running a FREE course all about writing crime fiction. 

If you are in a position to make a donation to our campaign to support writers and to keep our work free, low cost and accessible and the invaluable work of the Trussell Trust, you can do so here:

Introduction to Crime Fiction: How to Write Quality Crime Fiction with Characters That Leave a Lasting Impression with Saima Mir 

Deciding to write crime fiction can be a daunting task. You need a strong hook, characters that leave an impression, and of course there is the small matter of the ‘the crime.’ During the process, writers can sometimes lose sight of the actual story as they attempt to thicken their plot and add twists and turns to keep readers guessing. 

In this course you will learn about my approach to writing genre-busting crime fiction for readers of the genre, and for the wider literary world. Crime readers are savvy, and aware of the twists and turns employed by writers of the genre. They also enjoy learning something new whilst being entertained. 

We will discuss pinning down your story, cooking up characters with depth, developing structure, and nailing that first draft. The course is designed for you to do at your own pace. You do not need to share work, or ‘turn up’ to an event. 

Email Dates 

This writing course will be delivered via e-mail using Mailchimp.

You’ll receive five emails on the following dates:

Introductory Email – Thursday 7 October 2021 

Course Email 1 – Thursday 14 October 

Course Email 2 – Thursday 21 October 

Course Email 3 – Thursday 28 October 

Course Email 4 – Thursday 4 November 


This course is designed with creativity and accessibility at its heart; it is free to take part in, optimised for screen reading, and includes transcriptions and audio descriptions of music.

If you know someone who would like to take part who doesn’t have a computer or internet access, you can contact us and we can print and post the courses (UK only).

About Saima

Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist. She is the author of crime novel The Khan, which has been described as ‘genre-busting,’ and was named as The Times ‘Book of the Month’ when it was released in April. Saima started her career at the Telegraph & Argus and went on to work for the BBC. She is a recipient of the Commonwealth Broadcast Association’s World View Award and has written for numerous publications including The Times and The Independent. Saima’s essay for It’s Not About The Burqa appeared in The Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits over two days.

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Published 12 July 2021