Month: October 2022

5 reasons why now is a good time to learn how to write crime fiction

Crime fiction is having a boom time, spurred on by the phenomenal success of books like Richard Orsman’s Thursday Murder Club series. Read on for more on why now is a great time to learn how to write crime fiction.



  1. Crime fiction is an incredibly popular genre

Crime is one of the fastest growing genres in UK fiction book sales, with Nielsen’s reporting a 19% volume growth in UK book sales for crime and thrillers in 2020.


  1. Crime fiction translates

Write a successful crime novel and the chances are it will be adapted into a film or onto the small screen or stage. From TV staples such as Midsomer Murders and Wallander to box office hits like Murder on the Orient Express and The Talented Mr Ripley, all began life as crime novels.


  1. Crime fiction has some of the most loyal fans

From Hercule Poirot to Philip Marlowe, from Inspector Morse to John Rebus, at the heart of the best crime fiction is an unforgettable detective. Create a detective your readers love and you’ll have them clamouring for the next book in the series.


  1. Crime fiction: a genre for our times?

From climate change to global pandemics, we live in increasingly uncertain times. While crime fiction delves into the darker side of life, ultimately justice prevails – the criminal is caught, the mystery is solved – and readers are left with the, however temporary, relief that order has been restored.


  1. Crime fiction is versatile

Study crime fiction and you’ll discover plenty of sub-genres to sink your teeth into (no pun intended). From cosy crime – currently having a moment due to the incredible success of Richard Orsman’s Thursday Murder Club series – to psychological thrillers epitomised by City Novel Studio alumna and Sunday Times bestselling crime writer Harriet Tyce, to hardboiled fiction, courtroom dramas and legal thrillers, there’s a sub-genre for everyone!



City’s Short Courses offer a ten-week Crime and Thriller Writing course taught by Sunday Times bestselling thriller author Caroline Green. Read here for her top tips on how to write crime fiction. Or click here to book her next course starting in January 2023.


And don’t just take our word for it: in the words of former student Darah O’Reilly, it’s ‘an outstandingly well put together course from a leading crime writer.’


For more on City’s Writing Short Courses visit our home page and keep an eye out on this blog for more updates on our growing list of published alumni.


9 reasons employers value lifelong learning – and why you should, too

Encompassing everything from academic study to professional or personal development, lifelong learning has come a long way since its origins in the 1970s. Today many see lifelong learning as the best way to help bridge the growing UK skills gap and adapt to a changing labour market (the current government even committing to ‘lifelong loan entitlement’, by 2025).


Read on to find out why employers increasingly value lifelong learning, and why you should, too.


  1. Employability

Pursue lifelong learning and you’ll stand out as someone who is flexible, innovative and enquiring – all traits employers highly value when recruiting.

  1. Job Retention

Developing yourself and your skillset whilst already in a job means your employer is more likely to see you as an asset and therefore someone they want to retain.

  1. Money Talks

The UK’s labour market is in flux. Investing in your own personal, professional or academic development will put you in a much better position to apply for a new role, get a promotion or even ask for a pay rise. It might even lead to a lucrative side hustle – no bad thing in these uncertain times!

  1. Competition

With the pace of technological advances in recent years, if you can equip yourself with in-demand skills, such as cyber security or programming, you’ll gain a competitive advantage over others – something employers actively seek.

  1. Adaptability

Globalisation has led to a demand for a more flexible skillset that can adapt to current and future needs. Digital literacy and innovative problem-solving are now as much valued by employers as degree level qualifications; lifelong learning can help with both.

  1. Ready for work?

In a recent CBI education and skills survey, 45% of CBI members ranked “‘work readiness’ as the most important factor they look for when recruiting rather than qualifications.” Lifelong learning helps you to not only gain new skills but also how to apply those skills.

  1. Team Happy

Post-pandemic, employers increasingly recognise the importance of staff well-being. With lifelong learning now proven to have a positive impact on individuals’ mental health your employer is much more likely to support your personal, professional and academic development.

  1. Brain Power

With an ageing UK population and today’s workforce facing a longer working life, employees need all the brain health and power they can get! Studies have shown that those who engage in lifelong learningreduce their risk for cognitive decline.’

  1. Super-hero Pose

Lifelong learning is a virtuous circle: the more you acquire new knowledge and skills the more motivated you are to continue to develop yourself. This can lead to greater confidence in the workplace, positively impacting your ability to take on new challenges and contribute to your role. A win-win for your boss!


When it comes to deciding where to begin your lifelong learning journey, there are many places to choose from. So why choose City Short Courses? Part of a world-class London university, City Short Courses have been at the forefront of lifelong learning for over a decade. With over 200 courses on offer across a broad range of subjects – from computing to business, creative industries, law, languages and creative writing – there’s something for everyone. All our courses are taught by experts in their field so you’ll get practical, real-world tips and tricks you can apply in your personal and professional life.


Delivered online in small, interactive groups, City’s short courses are designed so that you can join from anywhere in the world. For more information visit our website. Or email to be put in touch with one of our subject coordinators and find out more about how City Short Courses can help you begin your lifelong learning journey.

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