Police visit Publishing!
Trying to write a detective novel...
The two officers were invited to speak to students on the first year undergraduate module Authorship and Creative Writing. Students in the class are set the assignment of writing the opening chapter of a crime novel, and then thinking about how to get their work published.
The two police officers told the students about procedure when answering 999 calls, entering a crime scene, finding dead bodies, detection and investigation and giving evidence in court, as well as painting a picture of the life of the police both on and off-duty. Students asked questions relating to their writing projects, to help their work be as authentic as possible.
Other visiting speakers on the module include Carolyn Caughey, an editor who commissions crime writing at Hodder Headline publishers, and the crime novelist Veronica Stallwood, whose series of Kate Ivory books are set in Oxford.
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