Just two days until we begin our 5 Week Course! Although I've designed the course to coincide with NaNoWriMo, you do not need to be writing a novel in November to take it. Below is an outline of what we'll be covering:
Each Saturday at 9am Pacific Time, we'll meet online to cover all the things you should know about the Detective you've created.
If you can't be online for the discussion, each week's session will be recorded and made available to you.
We'll start Week 1 by covering the basics of the job:
How Detectives get their cases
Knowing when to make the arrest
What it takes to become a Detective
The realities of daily life
What is a Murder Book?
In Week 2, we'll move on to Character Creation. We'll discuss:
Making a believable character
How to create a story out of a character profile
The personality traits that every Detective develops.
The specialty training that Detectives receive.
Week 3 will be all about what makes a Detective GREAT at their job and how to bring that to life in your story.
Understanding Interview & Interrogation
The realities of the "Right to Remain Silent"
Does Good Cop / Bad Cop really work?
What's surveillance really like?
During Week 4, we'll talk about the Departments your characters work for.
The differences between small and large departments
The importance of rank with your characters
Specialty Units (such as SWAT and many others)
The realities of inter-department relationships
Techniques for improving your research about your character's agency
Finally, Week 5 will cover equipment and other technical stuff.
The gunbelt and all the things that go in it
Are those vests really "bulletproof" and how noticeable are they?
Police cars - and what can that computer in the car actually do?
Police helicopters - FLIR
The course will conclude with a REVERSE-FINAL EXAM. Unlike any class you've taken before, YOU write the Final and I ANSWER your questions. The REVERSE-FINAL EXAM is your opportunity to get all of your remaining questions answered. This is where you can get your story-specific questions personally answered. Click here to enroll!
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