Cozies. Police procedurals. Lone-wolf private eyes. The mystery genre takes on many forms, all of which sell briskly in the marketplace and retain long shelf-lives. No mystery about that! The human race (nosy by nature) wants to know whodunit and why, with shivers and a few laughs along the way. Class will focus on planting clues, fishing for red herrings, hanging from cliffs, the ‘reveal’ and other elements of the mystery novel. Examples from masters of the genre, as well as exercises and assignments, help students uncover vital secrets of writing a mystery story that will keep readers awake and turning pages all night.
After completing this program, participants should be able to:
- Begin developing a sleuth character
- Practice creating tension within stories
- Experiment with mood and setting
- Choose relevant current or historical events to include
- Plant clues without spoiling the surprise