Mystery & Thriller Writing Course.


So you want to write a thriller. This training course shows you – the novice writer – how to develop from mystery thriller reader to mystery thriller writer. The home study learning process takes about a year. When you graduate your first whodunit thriller should be completed, or almost. Put it on Amazon and see how many people buy it!

Each of the eight tutorials teaches you something new, something exciting and something important.

Your personal tutor will guide you with constructive feedback and helpful advice as you move along the journey to being a successful mystery thriller writer. Remember, every successful author was once a novice writer, just like you. 


If you have made a start at writing a novel and given up in frustration, welcome back. No new writer should struggle alone. It’s much easier when you follow the steps prepared for you – just as you would a roadmap. It’ll take you to a worthwhile destination. Being a writer!

Independent publishing on Amazon or Smashwords or Lulu is now an exciting new option.

In this course, you’ll learn how to write all kinds of thrillers: detective; police procedural; private eye; investigative journalist; legal drama; courtroom; psycho killer; techno-thriller; industrial conspiracy; spy thriller etc. (Vanda Symon studied with the Institute. See her books here.)

You choose which style you will write.

You decide whether to set your stories in a New Zealand setting or in some foreign location. Let your own specialised knowledge and life experiences provide believable descriptions of the situations and places you write about.

Get Brochure.

Complete the short form below to download the prospectus.


The Enrolment Application is contained within the download and is also available online.
Please email ([email protected]) or call if you have any questions. Toll Free: 0800 80 1994 International: +64 9 272 3974.


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You Receive.

  • Tutoring from New Zealand industry experts

  • Course books, folder and stationery pack

  • Printed copies of all course materials

  • Cutting edge eLearning systems for online learning option

  • Access to online forums to network with other students and tutors

  • Support from admin staff to help you through the learning experience

  • Training from a trusted distance learning institute with over 30 years of experience

Tutor Profile.

Caroline Barron is an author, manuscript assessor and book coach, book reviewer and Creative New Zealand peer assessor. Caroline’s passion for helping writers find their voice and improve their writing craft is at the heart of her work.

Caroline has a Masters in Creative Writing and a journalism degree. She was a trustee of Michael King Writers Centre for four years, where she led the committee responsible for selecting residency recipients, and was on the selection panel for the New Zealand Society of Authors Complete Manuscript Assessment Programme.

Caroline’s book Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life After Near Death won the 2020 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award for Non-fiction. Her recent awards also include: 2021 Ngaio Marsh Award nominee (Ripiro Beach); 2020 National Flash Fiction Day (Auckland region winner); 2020 Surrey Hotel Residency (shortlisted); 2018 New Zealand Heritage Literary Award (winner, short prose); 2018 NZSA CompleteMS programme recipient; and winner of the 2015 NZSA LiIian Ida Smith Award. Her website is

Caroline Barron

What You'll Learn.

1. Writing The Mystery & Thriller Story

2. Research

3. Plotting

4. Character Construction

5. Dialogue

6. Non-Fiction Murder Mysteries

7. Editing

8. The Publication Process

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We have been operating since 1991 and have thousands of graduates all over the world. Our courses are conducted by correspondence. You decide when and where you study. The course material (including books) is sent to you, and you submit your assignments regularly. You don't have to take time off work or travel to classes.