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"I learned how to read mysteries with the eye of a writer and how to apply those principles to my own work."
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Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
Creative Writing Classes in NYC and Online with Professional Writing Instructors
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Nothing quickens the pulse faster than a good mystery, which is why millions of readers surrender themselves to the page-turning exploits of their favorite sleuths. Mystery is an expansive genre, welcoming amateur detectives, intellectual puzzle-solvers, policemen, private eyes, lawyers, spies, even average folk caught in a web of suspense. If crime is a central element, consider it a mystery.

To write riveting mysteries, you must merge the skills of a fiction writer with the clever tricks of the mystery trade. In our courses, you will learn about the various types of mysteries and their special requirements, as well as fundamentals of fiction craft.

Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, classic puzzlers or crime fiction, we’ll show you how to capture readers.


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Level I
Mystery Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of mystery writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Write one/two short stories or begin a novel
  • Lectures on basics of fiction and mystery craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)
Mystery I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

View a course syllabus.
(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class
Feb 10 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


Level II
Mystery Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, this course helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Mystery II to continue their projects.
  • Write or refine one/two short stories or begin or work toward completion of a novel
  • Lectures that expand on basics of fiction and mystery craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)

Prerequisite: Mystery Writing I or the equivalent.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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