Murder One
2 016
2 017
Class Dates: 
August 1 - 31
Nichole Christoff

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Discover the three elements that can make Mystery tick and find ways to apply them to your work. Begin by tracing the roots of Mystery through history, then follow its development forward into the bestselling form we know today. Along the way, uncover Mystery’s fundamental universality and its ability to embrace diversity. Next, identify the touchstones found in Mystery sub-genres in order to position your work in the marketplace. Last but not least, learn the three building blocks that Mystery readers expect to see in the books they love and find out how you can deliver these elements to keep readers turning the pages through this workshop’s selected readings, online presentations, and short exercises.

Instructor Bio: 

Nichole Christoff is a writer, broadcaster, and military spouse who swears she owes Jane Austen, James Thurber, and Raymond Chandler for her taste in fiction. Nic is also the award-winning author of the Jamie Sinclair novels, starring army brat and private-eye-turned-security-specialist, Jamie Sinclair. Nichole’sThe Kill Box is a Library Journal “Best Books 2015” Pick. The Kill Sign is a December 2016 Random House Alibi release. When Nic isn’t writing, she’s teaching graduate-level Creative Writing, or she’s out in the woods with her ornery lemon-and-white English Pointer. You can connect with Nichole on Facebook, Twitter, and at

Tread Lightly

Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's blood.