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John Scalzi • Chuck Wendig • Ellen Datlow • Beth Meacham  Claire Eddy
and many more notable authors and speakers.

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Premier Workshops are held for a fee with limited seating. These workshops often feature opportunities to pitch work to agents, critiques by editors, and classes held by industry pros. These events offer a full day of programming.

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Public Workshops are free for the public to attend, and feature published writers, editors, agents, illustrators and other speakers from the writing community.

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Our Community Events Calendar is a great resource for finding upcoming events, including conventions, author events, workshops, classes and retreats. Know of a great writing event? Share it with us!

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9:45-10 Check in/registration

10-10:45 Intro/Segment 1: What is Mystery? Expectations of various subgenres and cross genres and discussion of students’ favorite books and goals in their chosen subgenre. Workshop leaders will tailor/adjust focus of content to meet the needs of students based on this discussion.

11-11:45 Segment 2: Nefarious Plots! Structuring clues and conflict. Work segment: delineating student’s plot, structure, clues, and conflict points both a bullet list and chronological plot map. Developed material will be used again later in workshop—keep those worksheets! Outline styles discussed.

12-12:45 Segment 3: Like an Onion. Layering information context for plot and clue development and world building. Work segment developing context and compact information. Work to be used again later in workshop.

12:45 -1:45 Lunch break – attendees are responsible for their meals.

2-2:45 Segment 4: Character and conflict—the fuel of plot. Work segment on character development and conflict in protagonist/antagonist relationship. Special issues in cross-genre mysteries. Character trajectory and minor character development. Will be used again later.

3-3:45 Segment 5: POV and Character voice. Difference in POVs, developing character voice and POV expression, and utilizing it in creating mood and context as well as addressing plot development and character arc. Work segments on voice and POV. Will be used later.

4-4:45 Segment 6: Build a Scene. Use the information, worksheets, and lists developed in earlier segment to write a model scene for the students’ projects. Revise in differing POVs or Character voices.

5-5:45 Segment 7: Open discussion and questions about mystery and cross-genre, keeping your momentum, writer’s block, submissions, the business of publishing, traditional and indie publishing approaches.

5:45-6 and beyond (as available)—optional extended small group discussion.
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