There’s nothing quite like a fast paced book that captures the imagination and propels you into a world of intrigue. Call them mysteries, thrillers, crime novels, or plain old who-done-its. They all have two things in common: the reader becomes drawn in and tries to solve the puzzle/problem/mystery; and it’s a fast paced read that is filled with nail biting tension.

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You’ll love this basic course that shows you how to create a fast paced book with a solid time line and great characters. Most importantly, we’ll show you how to propel the book forward through tension.

In addition, a part of this course is co-instructed by multi-million book selling author, Jonas Saul.

Course Outline

This course will cover all you need to create a page turning, fast paced book. Whether it is a mystery or a thriller, horror or crime, the pace and plot twists in these types of books create enjoyment for both the reader and the writer.

Basics covered include naming characters, how to create and release tension, false clues, subtle real clues and ensuring your timeline works.

There is one take home assignment reviewed during the second class.

On the second day we review your assignments and you get feedback from world-renowned thriller writer, Jonas Saul!

Sign up for Fast Paced Book aka Mystery/Thriller/Crime Writing Basics

Dates: October 31 and November 7, 2020

Time: Saturday mornings, 9-11: 30 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Cost: $125 plus GST ($131.25)


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