How do you dispose of a body so you’ll never get caught? Crime Writing: Making it Real Crime Scene Forensics Workshop #review @nholten40 @gbpoliceadvisor @Profwriting @KateBendelow @crimewritersci

In answer to my headline question… there are quite a few ways according to the experts at the:

Crime Writing: Making it Real Crime Scene Forensics Workshop

I have to say that attending this course from the perspective of a crime writer was fascinating. One of the best things about it was that the session was recorded so I could sit and listen and absorb all the information without have to scribble notes down and hope I didn’t miss anything.

Graham Bartlett, Kate Bendelow and Brian Price have a genius set up with the delivery. The three authors and experienced criminal justice workers all bounce off each other seamlessly and offer their attendees an immersive and detailed experience of how to get their crime facts correct in their fiction.

Reasonalby priced, you have the whole day to listen to facts and scenarios. It is an interactive experience though as you have the opportunity to ask any questions that might pop into your head. Despite running from 10am to 4 pm – you get breaks but the time flies by so quick, you won’t believe you have been listening for hours.


Morning Session

10.00am introductions and icebreaker exercise

10.15am Graham introduces the scenario for the day.

10.20am Graham introduces the workshop themes, with practical interactive exercises throughout, including a focus on scene identification, security and management.

10.50am Kate Bendelow, serving scenes of crime officer and author of The Real CSI: A Forensic Handbook for Crime Writers talks about crime scene investigation with a focus on:

11.30am Comfort break

11.40am Web chat on scene management and crime scene investigation with Graham and Kate.

12.15pm 45 minute-long break for lunch

Afternoon Session

1pm Brian Price, chemist, biologist and author of Crime Writing: How to Write the Science, introduces forensic science and chats with Kate about its importance and uses.

2.15pm Afternoon writing task: Write a dramatic piece showing the villains from our scenario being caught using cunning scientific revelations.

3pm Final chat with Graham, Kate and Brian about Post Mortems, Evidential Value & AOB. There will be an opportunity to ask our experts any final questions.

4.00pm Close


Once the course is finished, you then have the opportunity to send a short piece based around a scenario from the day or your MS and have the experts as well as those who attended with you to offer their critique and advice to make your writing tighter, factual and believable. You can watch your session back and have access to the course materials to refer back to at any time.

The best thing though is that you are then enrolled in an Alumi group on the website which offers invaluable tools to assist you whenever you need it. If I had to star rate this course, it would get 10/5 as it was just SO GOOD! I didn’t feel forced to contribute, I could observe and learn at my own pace and this trio is so knowledgeable in the areas they speak about, you are just going to be engrossed by their stories.

My verdict? If you are a crime writer or interested in writing crime you need to get your ass over to HERE , browse what is available and register. I’ll be snooping around the website to see what I can sign up to next as it was just an incredible experience. My thanks to Graham, Kate and Brian for such a brilliant and educational experience! All are friendly, approachable and so easy to chat to so don’t be afraid to search them out on social media and say hello!

4 Replies to “How do you dispose of a body so you’ll never get caught? Crime Writing: Making it Real Crime Scene Forensics Workshop #review @nholten40 @gbpoliceadvisor @Profwriting @KateBendelow @crimewritersci”

  1. I love the sound of this but have an important question – is this based in UK or US? Or somewhere else entirely. Obviously this would matter because of different laws and procedures in different places.
    Thanks, Helen

  2. I was at the Surrey International Writers Conference all week, which was worthwhile, but I’m really sorry I missed this. Hope I hear about the next one.