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Writing a Psychological Thriller

A course by Emily Barr , Novelist

Novelist. Truro, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021

Learn creative writing techniques to bring mysterious stories to life that grab the reader’s attention from the first page

Best seller
97% positive reviews (227)
7393 students
Audio: English
English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn creative writing techniques to bring mysterious stories to life that grab the reader’s attention from the first page

Humans have a need for stories, even scary ones, to make sense of the world around them. Novelist Emily Barr specializes in writing thrillers for both adults and young adults. She has published numerous novels, and won various awards for her work, including WHSmith’s New Talent Award.

In this course, Emily teaches you the fundamental elements of writing a psychological thriller. Write the opening of your own book, a 25-word synopsis, and plan for the rest of your project with an experienced novelist as your guide. Are you ready to take your readers on a thrilling journey?

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 19 downloads

Research and Workspace
11 minutes, 43 seconds
The Plot
17 minutes, 58 seconds
The Character
12 minutes, 24 seconds
The Theme
5 minutes, 30 seconds
The Setting
6 minutes, 44 seconds
The Dialogue
7 minutes, 52 seconds
  • 97% positive reviews (227)
  • 7393 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 17m)
  • 19 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

You will write the opening of your own thriller novel, and a clear plan for the rest of the story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in writing a thriller novel.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge or experience is needed to take this course.

You will just need a computer or a pen and paper, depending on how you prefer to work, along with a notebook for writing exercises.


Reviews

7393 Students
227 Reviews
97% Positive ratings

Emily Barr

A course by Emily Barr

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Novelist

Emily Barr is an award-winning novelist based in Cornwall, England, with over 20 years of writing experience. She grew up surrounded by books and was an avid reader and writer, even as a child. While studying art history at the University of London, she worked for her university newspaper, during which time she won a student journalism award for her work experience at The Guardian. She went on to work full-time for the newspaper and, during her time traveling for her column, dedicated herself to writing what she was truly passionate about–fiction. Emily later found an agent and secured her first publishing deal for her thriller novel, Backpack, which saw her win WHSmith’s New Talent Award.

Since then, Emily’s work has been published by Headline and Penguin, as well as many others worldwide. She also writes horror and sci-fi in the US under the name Evie Green, and is currently working on her 6th young adult book with Penguin.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Get Ready to Write

    • What Is a Psychological Thriller?
    • Overcoming the Creative Block
    • Research and Workspace
  • U3

    The Elements of Your Psychological Thriller

    • The Plot
    • How to Write
    • The Character
    • The Setting
    • The Theme
    • The Dialogue
    • The Opening Pages and the Ending
  • U4

    Now Keep Writing

    • ‘25 Word’ Synopsis
    • Editing
    • Introducing Secondary Characters and Subplots
  • FP

    Final project

    • Writing a Psychological Thriller

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Writing a Psychological Thriller. Writing course by Emily Barr Best seller

Writing a Psychological Thriller

A course by Emily Barr
Novelist. Truro, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2021
  • 97% positive reviews (227)
  • 7393 students