So you think you'd like to write a mystery, but it seems overwhelming? Join us to examine the essential elements of a murder mystery: a setting, a sleuth, a murder victim, the murder method, a cast of suspects, the cast who assist the sleuth in investigating and solving the murder, as well as lists of actual clues and red herrings to plant in the story. We'll also discuss how the genre conventions affect your development of general fiction elements (e.g., plot, character, pacing). Brainstorm, refine rough ideas into workable ones, and get help starting on your story-specific research. Leave class with a semi-plan: not an outline, but a collection of notes you can use to write a complete first draft in whatever writing style you prefer.
There are no required texts for this module. Bibliography of recommended resources will be part of the class materials.
This is a candidate for April 2024 which means it will only run if there is enough interest. Token holders can vote on candidate modules.
Days and Times
Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26