Online Class: Mystery Writing
with CEU Certificate*
have taken this course
This course is perfect for those who have an interest in either Creative Writing or the Mystery Genre. If you love to write and want to move into this popular genre, or you love to read a great mystery and have often thought you could do it, this course is for you.Taking you through the processes of creating your Mystery Novel, this course begins by looking at the mystery genre itself and examining this type of writing attribute. We'll then move on to helping you become inspired and motivated as you get started. We'll also focus on some of the important elements of a good mystery--the setting, the characters, the plot, etc.--and help you to become familiar with all the tools the mystery writer uses to create multi-layered, addictive mystery fiction that a reader just cannot put down.
Our innovative writing exercises will get your creative juices flowing by bringing out the writer in you and sparking new ideas. Additionally, there are questions after each lesson which will allow you to recap what you have learned and test your knowledge.
The entire course is designed to offer you great information in a way that will get you thinking about your own mystery and personal writing practices. Whatever your age, experience or level of ability, this course constantly challenges and informs you so that your writing can't fail to improve and you will learn how to stay motivated and inspired through the entire writing process.
For new, aspiring writers--become the mystery writer you have always wanted to be! And for seasoned writers looking to expand their horizons--we'll help strengthen your writing abilities with this very informative course. So join us today!
Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
- Completely Online
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- IACET CEUs
- 6 Months to Complete
- 24/7 Availability
- Start Anytime
- PC & Mac Compatible
- Android & iOS Friendly
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Lesson 1: The Mystery GenreThis lesson looks at what makes a story a mystery and defines the crucial elements of this genre.
Lesson 2: Starting OutThis lesson aims to look at how you can find and collect ideas that inspire you, moving on to give practical advice on getting that pen to paper for the first time -- planning, plotting, and brainstorming.
Lesson 3: ResearchThis lesson gives practical tips on where to find your research and how to write about real-life mysteries.
Lesson 4: Storytelling -- Plot & Sub-PlotThis lesson gives practical advice on how to develop a plot that works.
Lesson 5: Storytelling -- CharactersThis lesson shows how characters can be developed and getting to know your characters so they can be well-rounded and three-dimensional.
Lesson 6: Storytelling -- The NarrativeThis lesson gives advice, not on how a mystery should be narrated, but on what a writer's options are in terms of telling the story.
Lesson 7: Mysterious Elements -- The Red HerringA red herring misleads the reader, takes them on a wild goose chase. It is a staple of the mystery genre.
Lesson 8: Mysterious Elements -- Violence and MurderThis lesson looks at how a writer can avoid isolating the reader by taking things too far.
Lesson 9: Mysterious Elements -- SuspenseSuspense is how a writer keeps the reader reading their mystery. To achieve that un-put-downable effect, it is essential that you get the pace of the story just right, so the reader is kept involved and interested.
Lesson 10: Mysterious Elements - RealismThis lesson aims to help writers convey a sense of the real world by helping them identify and banish any unrealistic, overly contrived elements in their mystery.
Lesson 11: Mysterious Elements - RevelationIt is difficult to decide, and every story is different, but this lesson offers some great advice on how to resolve the mystery and satisfy your readers.
Lesson 12: Redrafting a MysteryThis lesson gives professional advice on redrafting, editing, and maintaining the mystery for writers of mysteries.
Lesson 13: Overcoming Mystery Writer's BlockOvercoming writer's block can be a nightmare for any writer of fiction, but this lesson offers practical, useful advice for the writer of mysteries who may be lacking in motivation or inspiration.
Additional Course Information
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Course Title: Mystery WritingCourse Number: 7550292Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: Professional DevelopmentCEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsCourse URL: mysterywriting101.onlineclasses.comInstructor: Melissa BehrendSyllabus: View SyllabusDuration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!Requirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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Learning OutcomesBy successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the mystery genre.
- Conduct research.
- Describe storytelling essentials--plot and sub-plot.
- Define characters.
- Define the narrative.
- Define the red herring.
- Summarize violence and murder.
- Create suspense.
- Demonstrate methods for creating realism.
- Demonstrate techniques for the final revelation.
- Summarize redraft a mystery.
- Summarize methods for overcoming mystery writer's block, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An Introduction Assignment 5 Lesson 1 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 1: The Mystery Genre Exam 11 Lesson 2 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 2: Starting Out Exam 12 Lesson 3 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 3: Research Exam 12 Lesson 4 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 4: Storytelling; Plot & Sub-plot Exam 10 Lesson 5 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 5: Storytelling; Character Exam 8 Lesson 6 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 6: Storytelling; Narrative Exam 9 Lesson 7 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 7: Mysterious Elements; The Red Herring Exam 9 Lesson 8 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 8: Mysterious Elements; Violence and Murder Exam 7 Lesson 9 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 9: Mysterious Elements; Suspense Exam 10 Lesson 10 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 10: Mysterious Elements; Realism Exam 10 Lesson 11 Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 11: Mysterious Elements; Revelation Exam 10 Lesson 12: Redrafting a Mystery Exam 10 Lesson 13A Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 13B Assignment Assignment 15 Lesson 13: Overcoming Mystery Writer's Block Exam 10 Total Points: 328
- "This was one of the most enjoyable classes I've taken in my memory. I've been reading mysteries all my life, but never knew how to construct one. There were so many facets I've never thought about until now. The instructor is extremely encouraging!" -- Tricia S.
- "The whole course was informative. I have taken previous courses with this instructor and can't say enough about her attention to every details and her instant response to grading and reviewing assignments." -- Patricia F.
- "All of it was helpful. All of it was helpful." -- Cherie T.
- "She's a keeper!" -- Megan F.
- "I really appreciated your prompt replies. You were ON IT!" -- Terri B.
- "Ms. Merritt is an excellent instructor. She is very helpful and encouraging." -- Donna N.
- "Each aspect was helpful, I liked doing the bits of writing for the course. Stimulating and interesting." -- Joan H.
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