Mystery Writing II — Syllabus

The Detective Metaphysic: The metaphysical journey of the detective. Purpose of the protagonist. Evolution of the protagonist.

Character Development: Protagonist vs. antagonist. Revealing characters. Believability. Consistency.

Plot and Story Structure: Plot—desire/obstruction. Structure—beginning/middle/end. Breaking through the wall. Outlining.

Narrative Hook: What is a hook? Begin at the end. Begin in the middle. Begin in the beginning. Enticers—evocative description, interesting character, archival hooks.

Suspense: The question and answer. Intention and anticipation. Inevitability. Authorial integrity.

Clue Mechanics: What's a clue. Subgenre differences. Fair play.

Villains: Do you need a villain? Purposes of villains. Creating a good villain.

Scene Construction: Analysis of scene construction. Types of scenes.

Scene of the Crime: Evidence. From a police detective perspective. From a private detective's perspective.

Reading as a Writer: Reading nonfiction. Reading fiction. The pain and pleasure of reading as a writer.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.