Nothing quickens the pulse like 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. Here you will learn about the various types of mysteries and their special requirements, as well as fiction craft and how to market your work.
Whether you seek to write short stories or novels, classic puzzlers or crime fiction, we’ll show you how to capture readers.
If you are working in the mystery genre, you may take either a Fiction/Novel course or one of our genre courses: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, Mystery.
If you are working on a YA novel, you may take a Fiction/Novel or “genre” course, or you may take a Children’s Book course, where the full spectrum of children’s books will be covered.
This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of the mystery genre, and gets you writing a short story (or two) or a novel. Course components:
Mystery Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.
This course helps you sharpen your skills at the mystery genre and work toward completion of a short story (or two) or a novel. Writers often repeat Mystery II to continue their projects. Course components:
Prerequisite: Mystery Writing I, or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.