In this interactive class, author Lauren Thoman will walk participants through the basic elements of mystery writing, from questions to ask yourself as an author, to planting clues in plain sight and weaving in red herrings to throw readers off the scent, to delivering a twist ending that sends your readers rushing right back to the beginning, eager to see all the breadcrumbs they missed the first time. Grab your magnifying glass, don your jauntiest deerstalker, and lean in close; the game is afoot.
Finishing a well-written mystery can feel a bit like watching a magic trick: even though you were paying close attention the whole time, you still find yourself amazed, surprised, and (hopefully) fulfilled by the ending. But watching a magic trick and learning to perform one are two very different things, and even writers who love to read mysteries can find the process of penning their own extremely daunting. Fortunately, crafting a satisfying mystery isn't actually magic, and anyone is capable of doing it... as long as you're willing to get your (creative) hands a little messy.
Lauren Thoman is the author of the novels I’ll Stop the World and the upcoming You Shouldn’t Be Here. She lives outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, two children, and a rotating number of dogs and fish. Her pop culture writing has appeared in numerous online outlets including Parade, Vulture, and Collider.
You may remember Lauren from her Birthing the Book session with The Porch in the spring of 2023. We welcome her back for her first Porch class!