How to Write Your Mystery in 10 Steps (Part 1)

Part of our Big Read! All welcome to join this class, even if you aren't participating in the Big Read program. 

2 Part Series,Tuesdays September 21 and 28, 6pm (Note Earlier Start Time.) You can attend both or either session. Registration appreciated. Call 608-437-5021 or email

Featuring author Christine DeSmet

Agatha Christie wrote what are called "traditional" mysteries. Her mysteries may have inspired people like you to write one, too. You might also prefer to write other subgenres of mystery, such as suspense, or a thriller, or a cozy mystery, or romantic suspense, or science fiction thrillers, or historical mysteries, or mainstream general fiction with a mystery element involved. What's essential for your mystery to succeed? What are the common pitfalls in mystery manuscripts to avoid? Christine DeSmet will lay out 10 steps to help the new mystery writer. During these evenings, you'll get the "how-to, sure-fire" keys for starting and writing your mystery based on her years of writing mysteries and teaching adult writers who became authors.  Ages 16+.

Christine DeSmet is an award-winning writer and the author of the Fudge Shop Mystery Series and the Mischief in Moonstone novella mystery series, both set in Wisconsin. She is a writing coach and instructor, with a long career as Distinguished Faculty Associate in writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of several writing groups including Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Wisconsin Writers Association. Christine is also an optioned screenwriter and coaches writers in that area as well.