Demystifying Mystery Writing: Keep Readers Guessing! with Robin Jeffrey

Genre-Mystery-Crime Demystifying Mystery Writing: Keep Readers Guessing! with Robin Jeffrey

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  1. Characters
  2. Structure
  3. Genre
  4. GMC
  5. Plotting
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Class Length
2 Weeks
Do you have to know the solution to the mystery before you start writing your amazing new murder mystery? The ‘who’ in whodunit? The how? The why? Not necessarily! In this course, we will explore how to craft a compelling, taut mystery from start to finish that will keep readers guessing without you needing to be a criminal mastermind! The secret is in your characters: understanding what makes them tick as individuals and how they relate to each other.
Course Goals: By the end of this course students will:
  • Feel empowered to write their own mystery novels/short stories
  • Understand the importance of characters in any compelling mystery
  • Have tools to create characters that fit in their mystery plot
  • Be able to plot their own mystery novels/short stories
Week One:
What makes a mystery compelling?​
Crafting characters to care about​
Competing GMCs​

Week Two:
Means, Motives, and Opportunities​
Adapting to Change​
Class Format
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Robin Jeffrey
Start date
Feb 5, 2024 at 9:00 AM
End date
Feb 19, 2024 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Feb 8, 2024 at 12:50 AM
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