Murder One
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Class Dates: 
September 1 - 30
Terri Reed

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Stories are made up of many different ingredients coming together to make a delicious and memorable piece of work. Multi-Published author and RITA finalist Terri Reed will walk attendees through the various layers of story construction to make a delicious creation that will be sure to please readers. The layers are similar in both romance and romantic suspense novels. However, with the romantic suspense story there is the added layer of action/mystery to intrigue the reader and keep them turning the page. 

  • Layer 1 start with a great plot. We’ll look at ways to plot the romantic suspense novel.
  • Layer 2 every story must pose a question, especially in a suspense.  We’ll discuss various types of story questions and the ways to answer them.
  • Layer 3 we’ll work on how to build believable characters
  • Layer 4 and weave in emotion and nuance of character throughout the story to heighten both the romance and the suspense.
  • Layer 5 hooks, cliffhangers, action scenes and plot twists drive the suspense but where they go and when will be discussed
  • Layer 6 we’ll consider the role setting, description and mood have in upping the element of suspense.
  • Layer 7 wrapping up the romance and the suspense and meeting the genre expectation.








Instructor Bio: 

Award winning multi-published author Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction at an early age and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream writing full-time. Her romance and romantic suspense novels have appeared on Publisher’s Weekly top 25, Nielsen’s Bookscan top 100 and featured in USA Today, Christian Fiction Magazine and Romantic Times Magazine. Her books have finaled in Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, National Reader’s Choice Award contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers The Carol Award contest. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband and two dogs.

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.