Crime & Suspense

Write from the edge of your seat with bestselling authors

Our crime, thriller and suspense writing course program

Work with our expert team of coaches and editors to write an unputdownable crime, thriller, suspense or mystery novel that will stand out in one of the most enduringly popular but crowded parts of the publishing market.

How do you come up with a killer hook that will grab an agent’s attention? What’s the knack to writing a psychological suspense novel teeming with secrets, reversals and reveals? How do you find a new angle on the maverick detective series or the closed room mystery?

Here at The Novelry we understand how to transform an interesting premise into a full-blooded and deeply satisfying story. So whether you’re struggling to make headway with a half-formed idea, or dipping a toe into the wicked and wonderful world of crime and its many sub-genres, we will steer you through your plot twists and on to the finishing line.

The Crime & Suspense department

Get coaching and feedback from global bestselling authors of high-concept thrillers and top-flight editors of  famous suspense novels.

The 3-step program

Pageturners don’t happen by accident. Follow our path to come up with a great idea, write from the edge of your seat, and deliver those plot twists.

Worldwide community

A dedicated online Crime & Suspense community with weekly classes and special small-group workshops.

Flexible plans

Self-paced courses and 1-2-1 coaching with installment payment plans.

One-on-one coaching

With bestselling crime, thriller and suspense authors

‘I was wondering if I would be able to finish this novel! The joy of daily writing, flexing my creativity and being guided by professionals meant I finished my first draft and got the joy of writing back again. If you’re serious about writing, then this is the place to be. You will be in good hands.’

Melissa Van Hetten

‘Before joining the course, I was worried about my plot being solid. I now have confidence that I can do this! Great advice from my coach. Outstanding genre-specific workshops! I have an 80,000 word first draft! The Novelry has convinced me that with discipline and the desire to learn, I can write a novel that readers will truly enjoy.’

April Love-Fordham

‘I needed honest, supportive guidance. I had a format, a road map, and breadcrumbs I could follow when I got off the path or lost. I got an understanding of the craft of writing. I was given all the tools I needed during my apprenticeship. I was instructed on when and how to use those tools. Thanks to the step-by-step approach... I finally summited my Everest.’

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Through every twist and turn to meet your deadline.

Suitable for writers at all stages of their journey, our comprehensive three-step program with a full manuscript read will help you develop the advanced skills you need to discover your voice and find your big idea, then write and edit a complete work of fiction to publishing standard.

The Finished Novel Course

The complete 5-step program


‘I can’t recommend The Novelry highly enough.’

‘When I started writing my novel with The Novelry’s course, I was feeling uncertain I would ever be able to complete a full-length project. Within a short time of starting the lessons, I had my idea sorted. The course worked and ninety days later I had my first draft. After taking the Big Edit and taking advantage of all the wonderful coaching session and workshops offered by The Novelry, I finally had my novel. The Ideal Man secured me a two-book deal with Boldwood books and it has also just been optioned for development into a six-part TV series. Being under deadline brings some extra pressure, but I know that if I stick with the brilliantly structured courses and make use of all the great resources at The Novelry, I will be always able to deliver. These courses have changed my writing life.’

— Tracey Emerson

Join us today

Reach the end of your first draft or finish a publishing-ready novel. Our courses offer various combinations of The Novelry’s five-step writing journey, and provide best value to achieve your ambition.

The Novel Kickstarter Class
The Novel Development Course Dome
The Finished Novel Dome

The Novel Kickstarter Course

Come up with the idea and write a first draft

The Novel Development Course

Take a novel in progress to publishing standard

The Finished Novel Course

The complete 5-step program

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