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Keep Them Guessing: The Art of Mystery and Thriller Writing with Elaine Beale

October 10, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT


Mysteries and thrillers are some of the most popular and diverse genres in fiction today. They sell by the millions, and hundreds of authors have established long and successful careers in mystery or thriller writing. These stories offer opportunities for the creation of quirky or intriguing protagonists, unusual settings, stories with social or political relevance, and even for books that put new twists on the genres. Nevertheless, writing a mystery or thriller demands certain key skills and a knowledge of what works in this area of fiction.

If you want to try your hand at a mystery or thriller, or have already started but aren’t sure how to pull it all together, this online workshop will get you going and give you tips for how to stay on track.

“We’ll look at the key components that make the mystery or thriller successful,” says instructor Elaine Beale, “from developing a compelling protagonist and maintaining page-turning momentum, to creating a plausible, keep-them-guessing-to-the-end plot.

“If you’re new to these genres, you’ll learn the key tricks and craft of the thriller and mystery writing trade. If you have a story in progress, this workshop will help you generate fresh ideas and strategies to make your story truly shine. And everyone will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to combine the necessary ingredients to create a standout work that will keep your readers hooked to the very last page.”

October 10th & 17th, 2-5pm


October 10, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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