Introduction to Mystery Writing: Origin of mystery stories. Exploration of classic mystery fiction. Exploration of crime fiction. Exploration of true crime stories. Short stories, novels, and series.
Plot: The protagonist—desire and stakes. Antagonist. Twists and turns.
Character: How much to reveal. Character actions. The “Watson character." Heels and villains. Dames and bad girls.
Point of View/Voice: First person. Second person. Third person—various types. Finding a voice.
Dialogue: Compression. Subtext. Dialogue tips. Handling exposition.
Description/Setting: Painting with words. Sensory detail. Establishing time and place. Conveying mood.
Plot II: The main event. Backstory. Raising the stakes. Planting clues. Conventions and clichés. Plot holes. Climax.
Revision/Authenticity: Techniques for revision. Keeping it authentic.
Moral Universe: Stories are set in a moral universe. Understanding and utilizing theme. A moral center. Shades of gray.
The Business: The truth about publishing. The submission process. Selling your work.
Note: Content may vary among individual classes.