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Mysteries and thrillers are some of the most popular and diverse genres in fiction today. They sell by the millions, and hundreds of authors have established long and successful careers in mystery or thriller writing. These stories offer opportunities for the creation of quirky or intriguing protagonists, unusual settings, stories with social or political relevance, and even for books that put new twists on the genres. Nevertheless, writing a mystery or thriller demands certain key skills and a knowledge of what works in this area of fiction.

If you want to try your hand at a mystery or thriller, or have already started but aren’t sure how to pull it all together, this workshop will get you going and give you tips for how to stay on track.

"We’ll look at the key components that make the mystery or thriller successful," says instructor Elaine Beale, "from developing a compelling protagonist and maintaining page-turning momentum, to creating a plausible, keep-them-guessing-to-the-end plot.

"If you’re new to these genres, you’ll learn the key tricks and craft of the thriller and mystery writing trade. If you have a story in progress, this workshop will help you generate fresh ideas and strategies to make your story truly shine. And everyone will walk away with a deeper understanding of how to combine the necessary ingredients to create a standout work that will keep your readers hooked to the very last page.”



    Elaine Beale’s second novel, Another Life Altogether, was published by Random House in 2010. It has received praise from the Boston Globe, Lambda Literary, Curve Magazine, the Bay Area Reporter, and Publishers Weekly, among others, and it was featured in Oprah Magazine. Elaine was the winner of the 2007 Poets and Writers California Writers Exchange Award and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. She has taught creative writing for more than a decade.

  1. Saturday, February 2, 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Elaine is an excellent, dynamic teacher and very organized with materials and communications. Her critiquing of our writing was extremely valuable. In addition to her considerable experience, she has a gift for it. . . . I wish she could always be my reader, and would definitely take another course taught by her and recommend her classes to others.

    Adele Mendelson
  • I am a big fan of Elaine's classes. She immediately puts the novice at ease and her enthusiastic love of the craft is contagious.

    Rick Kelley
  • Elaine knows her stuff, obviously, and articulates her insights in an inspiring style. She respects how challenging writing is and accentuates that by constantly providing positive support. She is warm, honest, and helpful for fledgling fiction writers!

    Karolina Garrett


Sat, February 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Refund Policy

There is a processing fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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