COST: $20 for OCC members $30 for non-member Enrollment deadline: June 9, 2007 Moderator Kitty Bucholtz at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the class: Whether you’re just toying with the idea of writing a work of crime fiction, considering including elements of crime fiction in your next work, or seriously at work on a mystery or thriller, this course is for you.
The goals of this course are to make you feel more confident about writing a novel of crime fiction, to help you create a better manuscript and avoid common mistakes of new writers in the genre, and to guide you to additional resources.
You’ll get an overview of the genre, so that you’ll become familiar with the many types of works that are included in the wide embrace of crime fiction, learn how they differ from one another, and how those differences may affect choices made by the writer.
We’ll talk about character, plot, and setting and how they work together within the structure of these novels; how to build suspense; how to devise clues and red herrings; common pitfalls to avoid; “playing fair” and other “rules,”; researching, including some essentials of police procedure and forensic science; how to network and connect with the world of crime fiction writing and where to learn more.
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Jan Burke is the author of twelve novels and a collection of short stories published by Simon & Schuster and Pocket Books. Crime 101 with Jan Burke June 11 to July 8