Course curriculum

  • 1

    You're on the waitlist!

  • 2

    Welcome and Overview

  • 3

    Beginning Your Mystery

  • 4

    Character Part One: From Sidekicks ...

    • Introduction to Character

    • The Detective

    • Sidekicks

    • Character Exercise 1

    • Character Part One PDF

  • 5

    Character Part Two: ...to Suspects

    • Suspects: Who and How Many

    • Writing Villains and Criminals

    • Writing the Victim

    • Character Arcs: To Change or Not to Change?

    • Character Exercise 2

    • Character Part Two PDF

  • 6

    Finding the Plot: Plot Part One

    • Introduction to Plot

    • Beginning, Middle, & End

    • Four Ways of Thinking About Story Structure

    • Plot Exercise 1

    • Plot Part One PDF

  • 7

    Building Your Story: Plot Part Two

    • Introduction to Plot Part Two

    • Plotting a Mystery

    • Outlining: Creating a Beat Sheet

    • "Our Story So Far..." A Recap

    • Plot Exercise 2

    • Plot Part Two PDF

  • 8

    Dialogue That Sounds Right

    • Introduction to Dialogue

    • Good and Bad Dialogue

    • The Way We Talk

    • Dialogue Exercise

    • Dialogue PDF

  • 9

    Setting and Description: Where it All Happens

    • Setting

    • Description

    • Setting and Description Exercise

    • Setting and Description PDF

  • 10

    Style and Theme: What's Your Story About?

    • Developing Your Style

    • Theme and What Your Story's About

    • A Few Last Words on Revision and Theme

    • Style and Theme Exercise

    • Style and Theme PDF

  • 11

    Getting it Right: Revision

    • Intro to Revision

    • The Diagnostic Read

    • Fixing Story Problems

    • Fixing Character Problems

    • Fixing Language Problems

    • Getting Feedback

    • Revision Exercise

    • A Case Study in Revision

    • Revision PDF

  • 12

    Submission-Ready

    • Introduction to Submission

    • Publishers

    • Agents

    • Formatting Your Manuscript

    • Researching the Market

    • Query Letters

    • Submission Tracking

    • Submission Exercise

    • Parting Thoughts

    • Submission-Ready PDF

  • 13

    ...And Furthermore: Resources

    • Welcome Resources

    • Submission Resources

  • 14

    FAQ

    • Any Questions?

    • FAQ 1: Access, Student Community, Advice on Writing Crime Fiction in Modern Times