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Today I’m sharing some links where crime writers give online master classes about different facets of crime-fiction writing–for free!–followed by a handful (or should I say a bloody handful?) of true crime websites.

Free Online Master Classes in Crime Fiction Writing

The online UK paper The Telegraph offers a series of master classes from established crime fiction writers such as Jason Webster, Jo Nesbo and others.  These classes are offered via YouTube or in text.  I’ve listed class titles and author-instructors as links, below.Writing True Crime

Brilliant Beginnings by Oliver Harris

Settings and Atmosphere by Jason Webster

Characterization by Susan Hill

The Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition

The Telegraph is also offering a crime-writing competition for writers not yet published, and who currently do not have a literary agent.  Contest is open through November 31, 2013.  To read more about the rules, prize and how to enter, click here.

True Crime Websites

There’s numerous true crime sites, magazines and forums on the Internet, covering topics such as investigations, crime news, criminal profiling, forensics and more.  Below are a few links:

CMM-Crime, Mystery & Mayhem, a True Crime Forum on Current Trials, Old or Cold Cases

Crime Case Files, Crime Library, Crime Forum, Crime Blogs

<crimelibrary>, Criminal Minds and Methods

Crime Magazine

Mafia Today, Your Source for Mafia and Crime News from Around the World

Murder by Gaslight (nineteenth-century murders)

Women in Crime Ink

Coming This Month:Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye by Colleen Collins

Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye

“As an experienced private detective and a skilled storyteller, Colleen Collins is the perfect person to offer a glimpse into the lives of real female P.I.s”
~Kim Green, managing editor of Pursuit Magazine: The Magazine of Professional Investigators

Secrets of a Real-Life Female Private Eye, a nonfiction book by Colleen Collins, will be available in a few weeks.  Topics include a history of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and the hiring of the first women P.I. in the U.S., Kate Warne; the advantages and dangers of being a current-day female P.I.; tools of the trade, from interactive crime maps to smartphone apps; a sampling of cases, from paranormal to criminal investigations; investigative tips and much more

The book will be available on Amazon, downloadable to PC and Mac computers, browsers, Kindle ereaders and a variety of mobile devices.  I’ll post a link to the book in early August.

~Holly Jacobs, award-winning author of Steamed, featuring amateur sleuth Quincy Mac

“This book does a great job bridging the gap between our country’s first private investigators to the state of the modern sleuth. I like that Colleen is thoughtful about her work and her cases and represents our profession well. This is a must-read for anyone remotely curious about what a private dick(ette?) really does.”
~Mike Spencer, PI, Partner, Spencer Elrod Services, Inc.

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