What are the essential ingredients of a page-turning murder mystery? Join award-winning author Shane Maloney for a fast, furious, hands-on guide to cooking up a plot. Roll up your literary shirt-sleeves and join the fray as he shares his tips on such essential topics as setting, character and pace. Bring a sharp pencil, an open mind and a sense of humour. This half-day, intensive workshop will begin with a discussion of common writing problems and how to overcome them, based on Shane's own experience. The group will then work with Shane to devise a setting and cast of characters for a classic murder mystery. The participants will then devise a storyline utilising these 'ingredients'. Along the way, the class will discuss characterisation, motive, dialogue, narrative voice and other essentials that can be applied to the participants' own writing projects. The workshop will conclude with a writing exercise.
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