How do you write about crime realistically and ethically? Where do you go to find out about forensics or police procedure or real events? How do you get the details right and what’s at stake if you don’t? Join us for an exploration of how crime writers shape their research and lived experience into work designed to entertain and challenge. Explore what goes on behind the closed doors of writing crime and uncover the clues to pull it off yourself.
Benjamin Law will discuss his work as a researcher for the documentary Deep Water: The Real Story, part of a multi-platform project by SBS investigating gay-hate crimes in Sydney in the 1980s and '90s. Anna Westbrook will delve into the process of turning a long dormant cold case into fiction for her historical crime novel Dark Fires Shall Burn, set in 1940s Newtown. And television researcher and writer Niki Aken will reveal what goes into creating crime dramas like Underbelly and Janet King. Chaired by writer, crime fiction fan and NSWWC project officer Ashley Kalagian Blunt.