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Developing the perfect crime novel


17 June 2017 (Sat)
9:30am – 5:30pm

Classroom 211
YMCA Education Centre
One Orchard Road, Level 2
Singapore 238824

Course Fee: $90.00
Eventbrite Registration Fee: $3.50

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This course is eligible for SkillsFuture (details) and UTAP (details)!

From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Sherlock Holmes to Kay Scarpetta: thrillers; crime fiction; and their respective protagonists remain as popular today as they were during the Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

  • Why is that?
  • Why are readers so attracted to the blood and gore depicted in these books?
  • What can these works tell us about the human condition?
  • This workshop makes YOU the detective of the above - investigating what makes the perfect crime novel.

We will look at:

  • What are the essential elements required for writing a crime novel?
  • What works and what doesn’t?
  • What are the different genres of crime fiction?
  • What makes the best characters?

Once we’ve tackled the basics, it’s over to you to start your own work of crime fiction and brainstorming the beginning of your thriller or detective novel.

This workshop is suitable for those aged 18 and above.

About the Trainer:

Registration Details

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant is open to individuals and organisations who have a strong track record of involvement in the arts at a professional level, and is able to demonstrate commitment to the long-term development of the arts in Singapore.

Kinokuniya Privilege Card Members

Kinokuniya Privilege card members can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee.
Please provide your membership number and workshop title to [email protected] for the discount code before online registration.

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme)

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year. Prevailing terms & conditions apply, see UTAP webpage for details.


Some workshops are eligible for the SkillsFuture Credit.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website  to choose from the courses available on the the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

Participants can disburse partial or full course fees (excludes registration fees) in SkillsFuture Credits. 

For claiming the full course fee (exclude ticketing fee) in SkillsFuture Credit, please register for the course in Eventbrite and select 'Send Invoice' at the end of the online registration page. You are required email a screenshot of the approved claim to SBC before the start of the course and to make cash payment of the Eventbrite registration fee at the workshop.

If you use partial SkillsFuture  Credit to pay for the course fee, please sign in to your SkillsFuture account and after which email to [email protected] a screenshort of the approved claim and arrange for payment for the remaining course fee (including Eventbrite fee).

Minimum – Maximum Number of Participants: 15 – 25 pax

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and workshop fees must be paid before the workshop. If the minimum number of participants is not met for the class, the organisers will inform all participants about possible postponement and cancellation, two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellation & Substitution

The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to five (5) working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Participants can also attend another course at the same value within the same year.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation, withdrawal and substitution policy and accept the terms contained therein.