Nothing hooks a reader like a masterfully written mystery. Anthony Horowitz has observed, “As far as I’m concerned, you can’t beat a good whodunnit: the twists and turns, the clues and the red herrings and then, finally, the satisfaction of having everything explained to you in a way that makes you kick yourself because you hadn’t seen it from the start.” Although meticulous planning is critical, the writer must place equal importance upon spontaneity and intuition. Alfred Hitchcock emphasized the latter aspects of the craft when he said, “One must never set up a murder. They must happen unexpectedly, as in life.”
During our monthly meeting on November 14, Hallie Ephron will guide us through the writing of a gripping mystery.
Hallie teaches writing at workshops and writing conferences across the country and abroad. A revised and expanded edition of her Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel (Writers Digest Books) is widely available. It was nominated for Edgar and Anthony awards. Lee Child called it “the best how-to guide I have ever seen — I just wish I could have read it twenty years ago.” An award-winning crime fiction book reviewer, Hallie wrote an ON CRIME column for the Boston Globe for more than ten years. Her sister, the late Nora Ephron, wrote and directed “Sleepless in Seattle” and wrote “When Harry Met Sally.”
When: Monday, Nov 14th at 7pm
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