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Professional Development – How to Write a Crime Fiction Bestseller

23 May @ 10:00 - 11:30 BST

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Crime fiction is the world’s most popular literary genre. The global entertainment revolution means that crime fiction stories from all backgrounds are finding audiences well beyond their own borders.

It’s a crowded market but the good news is that publishers are actively seeking new voices, new stories, original ideas, and even new ways of telling old stories. The incredible range of crime fiction means that there’s a niche for everyone.

Join bestselling crime writer and co-vice-chair of the Crime Writers’ Association, Vaseem Khan, as he discusses the current crime fiction landscape, what publishers are looking for, and five key things every crime writer needs to consider in their work.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Lilly Brend-Fish – SoA, Events and Outreach Assistant (3 mins)
  • Presentation by Vaseem Khan (60 mins)
  • Comfort break (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience – moderated by Lilly Brend-Fish (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)


Who is this workshop for?

This session is for anyone interested in writing crime fiction – both experienced and budding writers of the genre – or those wishing to understand more about the current crime fiction landscape.


What will this workshop cover?

  • What’s hot and what’s not in crime fiction – key trends.
  • Diversity in crime fiction.
  • Five key elements that can elevate a crime novel above its competition.
  • The discussion will range across a variety of crime fiction subgenres such as golden age, psychological noir, cosy crime, historical, and police procedural.


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Crime Fiction Bestseller’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line -up

Vaseem Khan – Author

Vaseem Khan is the author of two award-winning crime series. His debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a Sunday Times 40 best crime novels published 2015-2020 pick. In 2021, Midnight at Malabar House, the first in the Malabar House novels, set in 1950s Bombay, won the Crime Writers Association Historical Dagger.

Website: www.vaseemkhan.com | Twitter: @VaseemKhanUK


Need to know


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option to watch with subtitles
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • This event is 90 minutes

After the event

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    • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



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23 May
10:00 - 11:30 BST
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