Writing the Short Mystery
Course ID: LC018
Current Openings: Yes
Writing the short mystery is considerably different from writing a mystery novel. In Writing Short Mystery Fiction you will learn just what the differences are and how to make them work for you. You'll confront the various subgenres of mystery to select the one you like best, then go on to structure a compelling plot and develop enchanting characters. You'll learn the importance of short, pithy descriptions and how to use setting to set mood and further the story. Learn about clues and red herrings and whether you need them. You may begin a new story or work with a story-in-progress.
The course consists of six one-week sessions. You will receive your lesson by email, along with your homework assignment. The instructor may suggest additional reading and in some cases send copies of articles to supplement your assignments. Throughout the course you will receive critiques and be encouraged to do additional creative exercises to broaden the basis of your knowledge of the subject.
Reading and writing assignments.
Employ the techniques you learn in this workshop to improve your own new story or work-in-progress.
Lesson 1: Introduction and How Short Mystery Fiction Differes From the Novel
Lesson 2: Descriptions and Settings
Lesson 3: Characters
Lesson 4: Constructing a Plot
Lesson 5: Clues, Red Herrings, Deus Ex Machina and Other Mystery Aberrations
Lesson 6: Getting Your Story Out There
Sunnye Tiedemann is a prizewinning writer/author/teacher with extensive online teaching experience. Her short mystery stories and articles on business, writing, the Arts, people, real estate, op ed, the environment, and women's issues have appeared in local, regional and national publications under several bylines.
Some print and online publications that have published her work include the following:
Some are archived online and six of her articles were published in the popular anthology for writers, THE BEST OF NOVEL ADVICE.
Although her teaching certification is in elementary education, she has taught creative writing to adults and college students through classes and workshops in her local community, including a stint at a local accredited college as Adjunct Professor in English. She has been leading workshops on writing and teaching online courses since 1994.
Sunnye's latest writing adventure includes political blogging. She is currently working hard to help get The Fair Tax through Congress and has blogged extensively on the subject at www.GOPInsight.com and on her own blog at www.sunnyeside.blogspot.com.
She looks forward to working with new students and Writer Online and is totally committed to her students' success.
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