Mystery Writing

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Who did it, what happened, and why? In these sessions, writers will craft their own suspense stories with interconnected characters that they’ve created and investigated together.

Topics explored include:

  • An understanding and exploration of mystery writing terminology, including red herring, sleuth, motive, cliff hanger, foreshadowing, alibi, and more!
  • Creating tension and suspense in narratives.
  • The retention of some information to keep the reader on their toes, while still incorporating purposeful details to keep the reader grounded.
  • Building settings that really inform the tone of the story.
  • Mystery’s impact and usefulness in writing outside of the mystery genre.

Sessions will include mystery-based writing games, discussion, and guidance from the instructor. Each session ends with a group workshop, in which writers share with each other and gain feedback from their peers.

Weekly Workshops generally meet for 1.5 hours after school, one day a week. If there are no listings on the schedule below, contact register@writopialab.org to inquire about when this program will be offered again, or set up a private session by filling out this form.

Half-Day workshops generally meet for 3 hours and run on school breaks and holidays. If there are no listings on the schedule below, contact register@writopialab.org to inquire about when this program will be offered again, or set up a private session by filling out this form.

Half-Day workshops generally meet for 3 hours; Full-Day camps meet for a 3-hour workshop, a 1-hour lunch, and 3 hours of electives. If there are no listings on the schedule below, contact register@writopialab.org to inquire about when this program will be offered again, or set up a private session by filling out this form.

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