Journalist. Palindrome. Writer.

On Writing True Crime – Upcoming Sessions

This year, I will be holding live sessions on Zoom about the process of writing and publishing true crime to small rooms of people. You can pop in for one class or take all five. Each class is $25 paid online. If you’re interested, email Marsha at for more details or simply click this link to register. ** If you have already sent an email and did not receive a response, please check your spam folder.

Here are the classes I’m offering, along with dates and times:

5PM PST/ 8PM EST January 18 – “Picking the Perfect Case”


So you want to write true crime. Great. What sort of cases do you want to write about? Solved? Unsolved? Current? Historical? Renner walks through the pros and cons of each.


Participants will better understand the differences between covering solved and unsolved crimes.

5PM PST/ 8PM EST January 25 – “Conducting Research and Interviews”


An in-depth discussion about best practices when it comes to interviewing families and law enforcement officials connected to crimes. 


Participants will learn how to submit FOIA requests and what is covered under Sunshine Laws.

5PM PST/ 8PM EST February 1 – “Writing and Editing True Crime”


Every crime story has a common structure. It’s up to you to know when to subvert the rules. A look at how the sausage is made – what goes into good crime writing?


Participants will learn how to manage their writing time and how to organize their story into a compelling narrative structure.

5PM PST/ 8PM EST February 8 – “Submitting Your Story”


Writing the story is half the journey. Now you need an agent and publisher. But where do you begin?


Participants will discover how to submit to professional agents and editors. This separates the real writers from the amateurs.

5PM PST/ 8PM EST February 15 – “Marketing and Publicity”


You’ve written a great crime story. Now, you have to tell the world. Where does one begin when you have no experience in marketing or publicity?


Participants will better understand the ugly business of book marketing; how it works, how to influence the results, and when to go out on your own.


  1. Rebecca Markevitch

    I am very interested but not all of these dates work. Will he be doing recorded sessions?

    • admin

      I hope to.

  2. Denise

    Will we actually be writing anything?

    • admin

      Not in these first classes.

  3. Martha Staples

    My son is 16 and is an avid writer. Can he sign up for this class?

    • admin

      That’s up to you. It’s true crime so the subject matter is for mature audiences.

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