ONLINE Writing The Mystery You’d Like To Read
Before they begin, all writers must discover the answers to two simple questions: “What do I hope to achieve with this piece of writing?” and “How can I best use the tools at hand to achieve my goal?” Explore the possibilities the elements of fiction – theme, characterization, narrative perspective, setting, plot, structure and style – offer you, as a mystery writer. This course will show you how to use these tools to write the mystery novel you have always dreamed of writing.
Recommended text: Sleuth: Gail Bowen on Writing Mysteries by Gail Bowen
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Gail Bowen is a prolific author, playwright and teacher. Her best known works are the Joanne Kilbourn series of mystery novels, all of which are set in Saskatchewan. These books have received national and international acclaim for their realistic, continually evolving heroine and examinations of contemporary social issues ranging from child prostitution to feminism, racism and domestic abuse. Six books in the series have been successfully adapted for an international television audience. Among her numerous writing awards are a lifetime achievement award from the Crime Writers of Canada and the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Regina and the Lifelong Learning Centre. Readers’ Digest has called her Canada’s best mystery novelist. She is also a playwright, specializing in children’s literature, and has adapted a number of classic works such as Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast for the stage and radio. In 2018, she was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and the Grand Master Award of Crime Writers of Canada.