The Workshop

In this workshop, we will discuss the major elements of developing and writing a mystery, including: crafting a plot; creating a hero (amateur vs professional investigator); creating a villain with motive, means, and opportunity; sprinkling clues and red herrings; and wrapping it all up with a satisfying denouement.

We will also discuss mystery subgenres, along with the distinct genre of crime noir, and look at some published examples.

Participants will begin brainstorming their own mystery situations and engage in other writing exercises.

This workshop is appropriate for beginner and advanced writers, and the techniques work for short-stories as well as novels.


About Dennis Lawson

Dennis Lawson

Dennis Lawson

Dennis received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as the 2014 Emerging Artist in Fiction. His stories have appeared in the Fox Chase Review, the Rehoboth Beach Reads anthology series, and the crime collection Insidious Assassins. He has an MFA from Rutgers-Camden, and he is an adjunct instructor at Wilmington University.



Seating is limited. Please register at or by calling Kirkwood Library at (302) 995-7663.

Written by Tery Griffin