"Just one more page..."

In this course, you'll learn how to keep your readers on the edge of their seat, no matter what genre your novel is.

Claire McGowan, author of the accailmed Paula Maguire crime series, will guide you through tips and techinques to make your stories "un-put-down-able".

Over six modules you will learn:

  • The importance of a gripping opening.
  • How to know when your concept has what it takes.
  • How to craft a plot that captures your reader.
  • What makes a compelling character.
  • The secret of crafting the perfect twist.
  • How the right pacing can create a suspensful story.

Course Contents

  What is suspense?
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  Suspense via concept and genre
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  Suspense via structure and plotting
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  Suspense via viewpoint and character
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  Tools and tricks
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  Pace and style
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  Thank You and Next Steps
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How long does it take?

As a self-paced course it's up to you how quickly you progress through the material. Binge the course over a weekend or dip in and out whilst you're writing your novel - the choice is yours.

How does it work?

Our courses can be accessed on your desktop Mac or PC , laptop, tablet or mobile. All you need is an internet connection. You don't need to install any additional software.

When does it start?

Right now! This is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and can go through it at any speed. You have unlimited access to the course so can return for a refresher at any time. What are you waiting for?

Meet Your Tutor - Claire McGowan

Hi, I'm Claire.

I'm all about romance and murders. Ideally at the same time, but since that's not always possible, I write crime and literary fiction as Claire McGowan and have also written women's fiction as Eva Woods

I was born in Northern Ireland and now live in London. I've wanted to be a writer ever since I worked out how to read Dick and Jane ('Look, Dick! Look, Jane!') and I thought, 'I could do that.' How hard could it be? 

Needless to say it was some years before I published my first novel The Fall in 2012. But I've followed it up with several bestsellers, radio plays and screenplays. In fact I recently passed one million sales of my books. I also ran the UK’s first MA in crime writing for five years, and I regularly teach and talk about writing.

Image Sources

Banner Image - Andi Sapey for NCW Academy

Woman Writing - Andi Sapey for NCW Academy

Sand Timer - Kenny Eliason on Unsplash

Woman Typing - Andi Sapey for NCW Academy

Man on Running Track - Braden Collum on Unsplash

Tutor Headshot - Donna Ford