Learn to identify mystery novel subgenres and what makes them tick
Get a sense of how to plot out the complex and nuanced storytelling of the mystery
Apply fiction writing techniques that make novels successful to your own mystery
Give and receive feedback on written work as part of a writer’s workshop
About this course:
Crime novel of all types—be they cozies, hard-boiled, or thrillers—often appear on the bestseller lists. But mysteries are challenging novels to write due to their complex plots, the necessity of planting of clues and red herrings, and the unraveling of the crime. Mystery Novel I provides both aspiring and experienced writers with the genre-related tools necessary to plan a mystery, along with exploring the craft skills all writers need, including POV, capturing a vivid sense of place, and creating characters that live off the page. Students also provide peer critiques, since writers benefit as much from providing feedback as receiving it. The goal is to complete a compelling opening and a first chapter of up to 25 pages in the first of this two-course sequence.
Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
This course is held via video teleconference as well as asynchronous online instruction on Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. Instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at the course meeting time as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.
No refunds after February 01, 2024
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.