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PRE-SUMMER SAMPLER: I Want to Write a Mystery or Thriller, Now What?

Thursdays, June 20 and June 27, 10 a.m. to noon ET
Tessa Wegert
2 sessions, $110. Limited to seven participants. (Can be taken in-person or on Zoom.)

Do you have a stellar idea for a suspense novel? Have you always wanted to write a detective story?Whether you’re new to writing mysteries and thrillers, new to writing in general, or want some guidance with a work in progress, this two-session, in-person course will help you craft a plan to reach that goal.

Led by mystery author extraordinaire Tessa Wegert, you’ll explore red herrings, the difference between twists and reveals, and how to pace a page-turner while creating a memorable amateur sleuth, professional detective, or thriller protagonist. You will learn how to devise and develop a compelling plot with short-story or full-length novel potential.

Tessa is the author of the popular Shana Merchant mysteries, which include Death in the FamilyThe Dead SeasonDead WindThe Kind to KillDevils at the Door, and The Coldest Case, along with the upcoming North Country thriller series. Her awesome work has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Shelf Awareness and has been featured on PBS and NPR Radio. Tessa co-founded Sisters in Crime CT and currently serves on the board of International Thriller Writers. She co-directs ITW’s PitchFest 2024 in New York City.

Over the years, Tessa has taught classes on everything from locked-room mysteries to developing a series and promoting books online. She enjoys helping writers craft compelling stories with market appeal, is a lifelong lover of the Oxford comma, and believes deeply in the power of the writing community.

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