Course Description

Writing Mystery Fiction

Discuss different types of mystery fiction from cozies to noir to thriller in this short course. Delve into writing fundamentals including characterization, setting, plot, and pacing. Write an outline for and workshop the first 4000 words of a mystery novel or short story. Collaborating with your instructor and fellow classmates, learn about the mystery genre, its market, publishing opportunities, and gain skill through practise.

Course Details

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • identify the various subgenres of mystery writing
  • apply the structural elements of mystery fiction to their own work
  • create an outline and 4000 words of mystery fiction
  • compare the structure of well-established text with their own work
  • contribute in collaborative writing workshops
  • identify avenues for publication

Course Topics

  • Elements of mystery writing such as setting, characterization, point of view, style and tropes like red herrings
  • Discussion of different subgenres like cozies, crime, espionage, paranormal, and hardboiled
  • Discussion topics include: publishing, editing, creating a series, and the Canadian and US markets
  • Structure, pitches, and outlines

Applies Towards the Following Program(s)

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Online Asynchronous
Sep 24, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $329.00
Reading List / Textbook

Title: On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Authors: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
ISBN: 1982159375

Visit the UCalgary Bookstore at www.calgarybookstore.ca.

Section Notes

Students may want to consider taking WRI 140 Creative Writing Exploration prior to taking this course.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

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