Writing a mystery?


I’m gearing up for my Writing Mysteries workshop next Thursday afternoon, Nov. 17. It’s part of a series of two-hour workshops developed by Scarborough Arts for senior writers (age 50 and over), funded by the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Secretariat.

mystery1I’ll be discussing contemporary crime fiction, and offering tips on how to structure and write a novel in the mystery, cozy, noir, and suspense sub-genres. There’s always a crime in these books, and the bad guy or gal is just as important as the protagonist. And there has to be more to a victim than a dead body.

The workshop is free of charge. It starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 3 p.m. at Toronto’s Kennedy/Eglinton Library, Liberty Square Plaza, 2380 Eglinton Ave. East. You can register here, or by calling Scarborough Arts at 416-698-7322. Or just drop in.

And don’t forget to bring pen and paper.

Annette Street Library Nov. 15

November is library month for me. This past Saturday, Nov. 5, I discussed crime fiction with fellow Mesdames of Mayhem at Toronto’s Leaside Library. And on Tuesday Nov. 15 — two days before my Writing Mysteries workshop — I’ll join authors Lisa de Nikolits, John Oughton, Heather Babcock and Terri Favro at 6:30 p.m. at Toronto’s Annette Street Library, 145 Annette Street. The event is titled Not What They Seem, so I take it the five of us will have to reveal our deep, dark secrets. You won’t want to miss it!

George Brown College in January

For a more intensive writing experience, my 12-week course on How to Develop Your Novel starts on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017, at Toronto’s George Brown College. This is a general novel course, not designed specifically for mystery writers, but content is applicable to all novels. Classes start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. Half the class time will be devoted to workshopping works in progress. Check here for more information.

The course will also run in the spring semester, starting Tuesday April 11.

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About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based journalist and fiction writer.
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