Mystery and Suspense Writing

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Pretty much all fiction runs on mystery and suspense, often both. We read stories because we want to know what’s going to happen next. This workshop places a special emphasis on mystery and suspense created by compelling characters involved in believable action. To this end, participants will concentrate on character development, structure, pace, tension, plot, and the other elements of fiction writing that make stories and novels memorable. The basic format of the class will be a workshop in which participants submit and discuss their own writing. The workshop will also include writing exercises, as well as a small amount of outside reading of exemplary mystery and suspense.

LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE: This workshop will be held via our online video conferencing platform, Zoom. The dates and times will remain the same. You can view brief tutorials on using the platform here. Shortly before the start date participants will recieve an email with login info. Please check your spam if you don’t see it.

About Con Lehane

Con Lehane is the author of six mystery novels. The latest, Murder Off the Page, the third in The 42nd Street Library Mystery series from Minotaur Books, came out in November. He’s had stories in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen mystery magazines and is the author of the Brian McNulty bartender mysteries.

Teaching Style: Con's teaching style is student-centered and participatory. He believes it's not always easy to develop the voice and craft you need to convey the story you want to write. But it’s absolutely impossible to do it if you don’t start writing—an unwritten manuscript can't be improved, a written one, however rudimentary, can be improved. Be prepared to do a lot of writing and not much sitting back listening. Expect nudges in the direction of some tried-and-true approaches to mystery and suspense writing, much encouragement, and some surprises at what you may come up with.


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