Developing the perfect crime novel

By Alice Clark-Platts

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: Alice Clark-Platts

Alice Clark-Platts

Alice Clark-Platts is a former human rights lawyer who has worked on cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper Snoop Dogg. Her Detective Inspector Erica Martin novels, BITTER FRUITS (2015) and THE TAKEN (2016), are published by Penguin Random House. Her third novel THE FLOWER GIRLS is due to be published soon. Alice is the founder of the Singapore Writers’ Group and has edited two anthologies of short stories, the last one latterly published by Ethos Books. Her short fiction has been published in various works. Alice holds a Masters degree and has two young daughters.

Registration Details

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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 also enjoy a 10% discount on all our courses. Please share with us your membership card number by emailing  along with the workshop title.

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.


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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 of workshop, two weeks before the workshop date.

All ALAP workshops serve tea-breaks and provide course handouts.

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 later than two weeks before the workshop date will receive a 50 % refund. Participants can also opt to attend another course at the same value within the same year.

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