Short Courses

Creative Writing: Mystery & Suspense Writing

An introductory course to mystery and suspense writing that will span the history of the detective novel – from the golden age of detective fiction to the current trends in Grip Lit. It will cover the general narrative fundamentals of writing fiction as well as consider those requisite for mystery and suspense writing.

You will get to learn techniques regarding plot as well as consider character development and style. By the end of the course, you should be confident to generate a main idea for a novel as well as its protagonists.

About the trainer
Alice Clark-Platts is an accomplished author known for her crime novels, including The Cove, The Flower Girls, Bitter Fruits, and The Taken, which was a finalist for the Dead Good Reader Awards' Best Police Procedural. Her short fiction has been featured in various publications, showcasing her talent for storytelling.

Aside from her writing career, Alice has a background as a human rights litigator, having worked on notable cases involving Winnie Mandela and the rapper, Snoop Dogg. She also founded The Singapore Writers' Group and regularly conducts writing workshops, sharing her expertise in creative and non-fiction writing.

Note: Course trainers are, on occasion, subject to change with short notice.



No. of classes Days Dates Time
8 Every Thu 11 Apr – 23 May 2024 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Application Information

Course materials

Notepad and writing materials. 

Who should attend

Art enthusiasts, art and language students, teachers and/or anyone keen on mystery and suspense writing.

Eligible schemes / subsidies:
Claimable under SkillsFuture Credit
National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy


Note: Course fee not inclusive of application fee and GST.

(after National Silver Academy (NSA) subsidy)

Note: NSA fee is inclusive of GST.