Each week a new topic is explored through lecture and writing exercise. The topics covered in this course include:
Mystery Writing – Various sub-genres. Importance of premise. Short stories
and novels and serials.
Plot – Creating an interesting protagonist. Creating an antagonist or antagonistic force. The twists and turns of plot.
Character – Making characters vivid. Revealing characters through action. Casting—protagonists, antagonists, sidekicks, love interests.
Point of View/Voice – Various types of point of view. Voice and style.
Dialogue – The illusion of reality. Subtext. Dialogue for character. Dialogue for exposition.
Description/Setting – Creating setting that enhances the story. Sensory description.
Plot II – Focusing on the central story. Subplots. Backstory. Raising stakes. Clues. Plot holes. Climax.
Revision/Authenticity – Process of revision. Researching for authenticity. True crime.
Moral Universe – Finding the moral center and theme. The shades of gray.
The Business – Finding the appropriate agents, publishers, and publications. Query letters. Synopsis.
Note: Content may vary slightly among individual classes.