When the Open University of the Grenchen area asked me late last autumn if I'd be willing to lead a crime writing workshop, I was scared to bits. I'd led such courses for kids. But for adults, it was an entirely different matter.
Everybody knows, however, that humans grow on challenges. Apart from that, it was an offer you don't get every day. So I accepted.
When preparing a course for children, I concentrate on the practical part. But for adults, I had to provide some background information. How much theory could I put in? Did I plan enough time for hands-on exercises?
I spent January and half of February researching and writing the course material.
With three participants, we reached the minimum number, and the course took place. Success would fully depend on the participants' zest. If they didn't bring themselves in or involve in discussions, we'd be in for three very boring lessons indeed.
My worries were unnecessary, as three quirky ladies full of fantasy and with plenty of murder on their minds turned up. Between the 2nd and 3rd part, I'd planned in an extra week's break to give them time to write should they feel inspired. All three of them had produced baffling stories when we met again: two beginnings of potential whodunits and an Easter crime short story.
The aim of the course had been to spark interest in crime writing. Seems we got there.