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MysteryLook behind the curtain of the formulaic, but eternally popular genre: the Mystery Story. Learn about the constructions, tropes, types and methods that make the modern whodunit. Designed for both writers and fans of the mystery genre, class will include assignments and activities on plot, character web, record keeping, suspense, tension and conflict. Refine your work as you're asked the questions: Did you hide the clue well enough? Does the audience care about the victim? Is the suspense tight enough? By the end of the course, if the crime is writing a mystery story, the "Whodunit" will be you!

Tuesday Nights (7 sessions)
Oct. 25 - Dec. 6
, 2022
6:30-9:00 p.m.

Continuing Education Building
540 Arapeen Drive (Research Park)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84108


Class Resources:

Syllabus (Fall 2022)

Weekly Lecture Notes and Materials:

Week 1: Beginnings

Presentation Slides - Week 1



A Jury of Her Peers, Susan Glaspell

Week 2: Elements & Stories

Presentation Slides - Week 2

Ellery Queen Challenge

Cassie, Who Lies – first story

Character Questionaire

Character Sheet Templates

An Alpine Divorce, Robert Barr

Week 3: Sleuths & Detection

Presentation Slides - Week 3

Standard Manuscript Format guide

Cassie, Who Lies – before the fact synopsis (example)

Character Sheet Templates

Week 4: The Other Guys

Presentation Slides - Week 4

The Big Body, Johnny Worthen

Week 5: Plots & Plotting

Presentation Slides - Week 5

Scene Outlines

Week 6: Bits & Pieces and How To Write A Book

Presentation Slides - Week 6

Outline of Pieces

Advice on Writing a Book

Week 7: Movie Night – The Last of Sheila

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