Letters from the Program Director: Is Your Gumshoe Up to Snuff?

Hello, writers!

The twists and turns we find in mystery novels are what make them so fun to read, but so difficult to write. One of my writing instructors used to say, “No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.” But how do you surprise yourself? Well, one of the answers to this question is to write your way through the story, relying on your characters and their motivations to take you where you need to go. While this is a great way to ensure the story you’re writing evolves organically, problems arise if you’re not used to writing without specific plot points in mind. Luckily, there are tips and tricks out there to help you stay on track while still making sure there are surprises on the way.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Character Driven and Intricately Plotted Mysteries” with Sherry Thomas on Saturday, September 10th. If you’re writing mystery novels and looking for tips and tricks on plotting as you go, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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