Writing Layered Mystery Novels
Genres: Fiction, Novel
What does it mean to layer? Most mysteries have subplots, but there are many more ways to add complexity and excitement to your story: theme, place, issue coverage, identity, multiple points of view, multiple character arcs, and don't forget sex! We'll examine all these elements and practice using them to deepen and sharpen our crime fiction. Bring a work in progress or generate a new one. We'll share work in a "what's working" style.
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Kate Raphael is a Lambda-nominated novelist, journalist, anarchafeminist and queer activist based in Seattle. Her prescient novel, The Midwife’s In Town, imagining a feminist underground in the South after Roe v. Wade has been overturned, came out in February 2022. Her Palestine mystery novels, Murder Under the Bridge and Murder Under the Fig Tree, won the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) and Foreword INDIEs Award. Kate received a 2011 Hedgebrook residency. She is a producer of KPFA radio Women’s Magazine, where one of her joys is interviewing authors. Kate has taught workshops in social justice fiction and writing for radio for seven years. She is pursuing an MFA in Writing at Goddard College. Connect with her at www.kateraphael.com or on Facebook and check out the Radical Fiction Facebook Group.
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