Crime Writing Intensive

Webinars ~ Genre Series
Hosted By:
Jennifer Dornbush - Writer/Teacher

Crime dramas, mysteries, and procedurals are a staple in our entertainment diet. Netflix. Amazon. Hulu. You can find a crime show any hour of the day or night, across the globe! From STRANGER THINGS to TRUE DETECTIVE to MIND HUNTER, there truly is a crime story out there for everyone. But great crime stories don't just happen. They are highly engineered. And Hollywood knows how to kill it (pun intended)!

This workshop offers professional tips, advice, and practices for penning your most compelling crime story to date—for page or screen. Gain foundational principles of crime and mystery writing that will help you ramp up the emotional grab, intrigue, suspense, and thrill of your next project—whether short story, novel, film, TV, or other media platform!

Learn the essential elements needed to structure a nail-biting crime drama, go deeper into character development, and build successful and suspenseful evidence trails.

The goal of this workshop is to come away from it with a solid story case file that can immediately be applied to your current WIP, or emerging project.

This Special Two Hour Webinar Will Cover: 

  • How to take your story from ordinary to exceptional 
  • The basic ingredients for crime stories 
  • Tips for a bingeable drama 
  • How to authenticate forensic science and crime scene investigation 
  • 11 crime story types and which one's best for you 
More about
Jennifer Dornbush

Jennifer Graeser Dornbush is a screenwriter, author, international speaker, and forensic specialist. Raised as the daughter of a medical examiner whose office was in their home, forensics is infused into her DNA. As a screenwriter Jennifer wrote the theatrically released film and novel, God Bless the Broken Road (2018), and has worked in TV developing, and writing both original and adapted work. As an author, Jennifer penned the crime writer’s guide Forensic Speak; suspense thriller, Hole in the Woods; and mystery series The Coroner’s Daughter, optioned by Lifetime TV. She is also penning the scripts. Jennifer contributed to the upcoming Murder, Music & Mystery anthology (Blackstone, 2022). She is a sought-out teacher, speaker, and mentor. Her real life is a lot less exciting than any of her heroines'. She does typical things like hang out in knitting stores, travel whenever possible, hike the desert, raise doxies, and drink way too much espresso.

Say hello to Jennifer on IG: @JGDornbush or YouTube: Forensic Fridays. Sign up for her monthly newsletter at:


How it Works


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