Building the Mystery Novel
an SBWC  Intensive, with Dale Phillips

Part II: Saturday, October 26, 2019

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fee:  $40.00 with preregistration required

Attendance at the Free Saturday Workshop on October 19th is required for Part II participation.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts

In this workshop, you’ll practice with your own work what was learned about the broad scope and various types of mystery stories the previous week in Part I. We’ll work through the building blocks involved in creating a good framework for a book. Then we’ll drill down to the finer details of the craft: why voice is critical, the importance of pace, dialogue, and planting clues, and how to create conflict and tension. We’ll pull it all together by looking at developing a mystery from start to finish, creating a plan for completion, and then going beyond, to writing a series. Please bring your questions. A resource guide will be available.

Dale Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 70 short stories. Stephen King was Dale’s college writing teacher, and since that time, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion). He co-wrote and acted in a short political satire film. He’s traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe.

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