Committing the Perfect Crime: Writing Your First Mystery


Get expert guidance in planning your mystery or suspense novel as you learn the fundamentals of crime writing.

Starting at $695.00
As few as 10 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Learn the fundamentals of crime writing
  • Build a strong structure to craft effective story pacing
  • Identify point of view, setting, and characters with realistic dialogue
  • Place clues and red herrings to build a compelling puzzle for your reader

About this course:

Do you long to commit the perfect crime--and see it bound between covers and on the bestseller lists? Designed for beginners as well as those with a work-in-progress who need direction, this course is a supportive, results-oriented workshop that guides you in planning your mystery or suspense novel or revising some of the choices made in your work-in-progress. You learn the fundamentals of crime writing, including structure and pacing, point-of-view, setting, character development, dialogue and voice, and clues and red herrings, as well as self-editing techniques. Also covered are the practical aspects of attracting the right agent and/or editor. The goal is to draft the first chapter of your planned mystery or suspense novel.

Fall 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.

Enrollment Closed
This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Kris Neri
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Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 21, 2020
Course Requirements

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.

This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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