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Free Writing Workshop: Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries!


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Whether you're interested in writing crime novels, suspense thrillers, or classic whodunits, this workshop is for you. Using lecture, examples and generous in-class writing exercises, this workshop reveals the secret to crafting a satisfying mystery: namely, that crime stems from strong emotions, and strong emotions stem from conflict. Kind of like life.  

We'll also explore such issues as the importance of a strong, relatable protagonist; creating a vivid, credible “world” in which the story takes place; and the basics of planting clues and building tension.

Whether you're writing the coziest of British-style mystery or the edgiest of hard-boiled thriller, this informative, entertaining workshop is for you.

Instructor: Formerly a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year; Welcome Back, Kotter, etc.), DENNIS PALUMBO is now a licensed psychotherapist specializing in creative issues. He's the author of Writing From the Inside Out (John Wiley). His mystery fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Strand and other publications. He also has a collection of short stories, From Crime to Crime, available from Tallfellow Press. His first mystery novel, Mirror Image, will be out this August from Poisoned Pen Press. Info at www.dennispalumbo.com.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
91101 Pasadena