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Clues to Writing a Mystery

photograph of Ona Lauren Russell

This is a class co-sponsored by MI and San Francisco Writers Conference/San Francisco Writers Foundation.

Cozy, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, police procedural, thriller. All can be found on the mystery shelf, but each of these sub-genres has its own rules. In this workshop, we'll discuss the differences but focus on the common essential elements: plot and character. We'll discuss the attributes of a compelling sleuth, explore how to build suspense and effectively plant clues. We'll examine the makings of a crime as well as the kind of character who would commit it. So bring your pen and imagination, and you just might leave with a whodunit of your own!

Ona Russell, an author and credentialed mediator, holds an M.A. in English from Clark University and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego. As an instructor at various colleges and universities, she developed courses that combined her interdisciplinary interests, including Poetry and the Workplace, Truth of Historical Fiction, and Literature and the Law, a topic on which she also writes and speaks extensively. She has spoken at numerous libraries and literary venues throughout California, and will appear at the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Literary Conference, where she was recently accepted as faculty. A regular contributor to Orange County Lawyer Magazine, she also has been published in newspapers, scholarly journals, and anthologies. She is the author of an award-winning series of historical mysteries, including O'Brien's Desk, The Natural Selection, a 2009 California Commonwealth Club Book Award Finalist, and Rule of Capture, which all feature Ohio court officer and civic trailblazer, Sarah Kaufman. Russell was born in Los Angeles and now resides with her husband in Solana Beach, California.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

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MI Members $49
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4th Floor Meeting Room
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