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Write a Killer Mystery Foundation

Start writing your first mystery! Shortcuts to save hours of rewriting to get to a finished manuscript.

Write A Killer Mystery - Foundation is an introductory course for first-time writers with everything you need to know to write a complete mystery novel.

It’s a straightforward easy-to-follow guide that will take all the guesswork out of how to write your book and get your author career off to a confident start.

(Suitable for beginner to intermediate level mystery writers.)




Your Instructor


Zara Altair
Zara Altair

I've been helping hundreds of writers of screenplays and stories since 2007 as The Story Bodyguard. These stories covered the spectrum from science fiction to adventure to thriller.

But, my favorite writing genre is mysteries.

When I published my mysteries. Two things happened.

I began getting 4 and 5 star reviews.

And, readers started sending personal messages about how they enjoyed the story. I can't tell you what a wonderful feeling that is for an author.

I designed this course to help you get the same results. There are many courses out there on novel writing. The mystery genre has specific tropes and reader requirements.

This course is designed to help you achieve the same wonderful, happy feeling of being a published author with great reviews and raving fans.

Download your free worksheet from Module Two - Take The First Step in the Curriculum and start writing.

See you soon in Write A Killer Mystery.



Class Curriculum


  Welcome and Meet Your Detective
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  Characters, Secrets, and Lies
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  Background, Research, and Sense of Place
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  Build Your Story and Plant Your Clues
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  Write Your Story Scene by Scene
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  Make It Shine - Revision and Polish
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  Next Steps - You as an Author
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  Bonus One - Read to Learn
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  Bonus Two - Writing Resources
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The scope of this course is laser-focused on one thing and one thing only: making sure you master the art and craft of writing a great mystery.

 

What You Will Learn

  • Take your idea from concept to story.
  • Create a super sleuth that readers will love.
  • Master the secrets of all the suspects, including the villain.
  • Research details that bring your story to life.
  • Use your story idea to plan your mystery.
  • Write your story scene by scene, but not necessarily in order.
  • Hide clues in clever ways to keep readers guessing.
  • Revise your draft for polish
 
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Frequently Asked Questions


How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
When does the course begin?
Once you enroll, and the course is open, you can start immediately, or whenever it’s convenient for you. Nothing is on a set schedule, and you have lifetime access, so start whenever you wish.
Do I have to participate at specifically scheduled times?
No, you don’t! The course is completely asynchronous, which means you can participate at any time you wish, when it’s convenient for you! No worries about scheduling, or living in different time zones. You have access to the full course at all times, and there’s no end date, so come on back whenever you wish.
How long do I have to complete the course?
As long as you’d like. Work whenever you wish, whether two in the morning or one in the afternoon. It’s entirely up to you. You’ll have lifetime access to the course, so you can revisit the content at any time.
Do I have to complete the assignments?
It’s entirely up to you. The proven way to truly master your learning, however, is for you to apply what you’re learning by completing the assignments. If you don’t, you’re short-changing yourself. The assignments have been specifically designed with your learning in mind—complete them and you’ll master new skills, leave them out and you won’t. It’s that simple.
Who facilitates the course?
I, Zara Altair, am your guide. I’m an award-winning author and writing teacher with advanced degrees in English Literature from U.C. Berkeley and San Francisco State University.
I'm not that computer savvy - is the course hard to navigate?
No. This online learning environment is streamlined and simple to navigate. Complicated tech stuff can be frustrating, so the course design is deliberately simple. So far all participants have easily managed. That said, if you are not adept at all with email and the internet, you might find it difficult to learn online.
 



IS WRITING A KILLER MYSTERY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Take this course if …

  • You love reading mysteries and you secretly want to write one, but don’t know how.
  • You’ve started writing a mystery but got stuck.
  • You love your characters but don’t yet feel they’ve come fully to life.
  • You have no idea how to create a plot.
  • You want to feel confident about your mystery story.
  • You’re not sure how to get the balance between hiding clues and showing evidence
  • You are new to writing and mysteries are your favorite genre.

Get started now!



"She will help you get to your highest creative potential. Go for it."


- Nicolas Simonin, Writer/ Director, Derailed Entertainment

 

HOW MUCH WILL YOU INVEST?

You could spend a ton of time online and reading craft books to figure all this out on your own (I spent a good three months doing the necessary research and curriculum design to create this course).

Or, you could hire a consultant to coach you on the same material, which would cost close to $2,000 (I know, since that's what I would have to charge for my time). But the full Write A Killer Mystery course will cost you a fraction of that expense, and take you far less time.

Get the shortcuts to writing well the first time.


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