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!

Mystery & Thriller Writing

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.

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

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.

Tutor Profile.

Tina Shaw is a novelist, short story and freelance writer who lives
in Taupo. Her stories have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines. Her recent literary novel for adults is The Children’s Pond (Pointer Press). In 2013 she edited the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook.

She is a winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship, has held the Creative New Zealand Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. She has also written junior and young adult fiction, including Into the Hinterland, and its sequel Dogs of the Hinterland as well as books for the ‘Kiwi Bites’ and ‘Mainsails’ series. Her young adult novel About Griffen’s Heart was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010.

Tina has many years experience as a manuscript assessor. She is a mentor and assessor for the NZ Society of Authors. Her website is

Tina Shaw

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.