• Term: Fall 2022
  • Start Date: November 12, 2022
  • End Date: November 12, 2022
  • Day of Week: Saturday
  • Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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Motives, Means, & Opportunities for Mystery

From cozies to PI's, noir, thrillers, paranormal, true crime, and other subgenres—three key elements drive all mysteries: motives, means, and opportunity. In this class, you'll learn how an author exploits these three elements to build suspense, increase action, and flesh out characters. We'll find inspiration in examples by Kevin O'Brien, KJ Howe, Renee Patrick, Bob Dugoni, and Michael Connelly, and you'll apply what you learn to your own work-in-progress with writing exercises on plot, character, and revealing clues.

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Registration dates:

August 22: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

August 23: Member registration opens

August 30: General registration opens

Wendy Kendall

Wendy Kendall

The result of Wendy Kendall's passion for purses, mystery and romance is an intriguing In Purse-Suit mysteries series. Kat Out of the Bag introduces Katherine Watson purse designer/sleuth, investigating murder as she moves from designer bags to body bags. The prequel, Purse-Stachio Makes A Splash delves into a chilling cold case. The romantic suspense, Snow Kiss Cookies To Die For creates an intriguing tangle of mystery and love. Her 2022 release, Cherry Shakes In The Park blends danger, divas, and frothy summer delights. Wendy enjoys the Pacific Northwest life and time with her two adult sons. She's a blogger, YouTube podcaster, speaker, project manager, and syndicated columnist. Just wait until you see what Katherine Watson and her friends in Bayside face next in the series.

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