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.
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
These courses are fully online and have no regular meeting times.
Enrollment limited to 15 students. Internet access required.