Write a Killer Mystery

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Unleash Your Inner Detective: Write A Killer Mystery that Captivates Readers!

Are you itching to craft an enthralling mystery novel filled with twists, turns, and unforgettable characters? If the answer is a resounding "YES!", then look no further than our Write A Killer Mystery - Foundation Course at Mystery Writing School! This comprehensive, step-by-step guide will equip first-time and intermediate level writers with the tools and techniques essential to create a riveting whodunit that will leave readers begging for more.

Dive into a thrilling journey tailored for mystery enthusiasts! This course, designed by the Story Bodyguard who has been helping aspiring writers since 2007, zeroes in on the unique nuances of the mystery genre. Experience the joy of being a published author with raving fans and stellar reviews as you master the art of storytelling in this fascinating realm.

Not only will you learn how to write a captivating mystery from story idea to "The End," but you will also discover whether writing a killer mystery novel is the right choice for you. Our satisfied students can attest to the outstanding value of this course, which surpasses others in its genre-specific focus and practical guidance.

Don't waste precious time and money piecing together information from various sources when you can invest in a proven, comprehensive course at a fraction of the cost! Embark on this exciting journey in mystery writing, with monthly payments of just $67 for six months, and unlock your highest creative potential.

Get ready to captivate your readers with a gripping mystery novel that keeps them guessing until the very last page. Enroll in Write A Killer Mystery today, and embark on an unforgettable adventure that will change your life as an author!

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.

See you soon in Write A Killer Mystery.

Course Curriculum

  Research, Worldbuilding and Setting
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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 14 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.


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.

"I love your class. I'm so glad I found it! I've taken classes before, but they all focus on the same thing."

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- B. Adam Richardson, Detective, Law Enforcement Technical Adviser, Host Writer's Detective Bureau, Student



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.

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