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Building a Mystery

All Levels. A dark night in an eerie place, a fast-paced, problem-filled book with a devious or humorous narrative voice, a dramatic climax, and a surprise ending. In this collaborative, multigenre workshop taught by celebrated novelist and mystery writer Elizabeth George and award-winning children’s book author Clare Hodgson Meeker, we’ll explore the basic structure, plot, and pacing of a mystery and practice developing character and setting. Participants will generate an outline, a character sketch with possible motives for good and evil actions, and a scene-grabbing setting to take away.

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Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Clare Meeker & Elizabeth George

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 10/08/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Clare Meeker & Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George is a New York Times and internationally best-selling author of twenty British crime novels featuring Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley and his unconventional partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. She also authored a young adult series that takes place on Whidbey Island where she lives and a best-selling book on the writing craft, Write Away.

Clare Hodgson Meeker has published 11 books for children including the Smithsonian Notable book Lootas Little Wave-Eater and her new book, Rhino Rescue! which is a Junior Library Guild Selection. She teaches writing at Hugo House and for Writers in the Schools.

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