How to write a Christmas mystery with Greg Mosse

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About this course

A Christmas mystery has a special flavour. This whole-day workshop will tap into that unique mood, taking inspiration from the magnificent surroundings of West Dean House and its immaculate grounds.

Course Description

In this dynamic whole day workshop, Greg will lead you through a sequence of four story-development sessions, focused on the special magic of mystery stories set at Christmas (and, perhaps, at New Year, too). There will be a substantial focus on atmospheric writing and sophisticated, suspenseful description. The workshops will consider supernatural, as well as realistic, mysteries – ghosts and spirits, in addition to basely human motivations.

Participants who wish to write for children are welcome. One of the sessions will include work on the special balance of jeopardy and reassurance, of peril and safety, required for the different age groups of readers.

Throughout the day’s sessions, Greg will encourage you to express your own creativity with proven brainstorming techniques, adding new layers of intrigue and suspense, increasing depth of characterisation, devising clever and compelling twists. The day will be completed with a question-and-answer session, addressing your concerns with regard to professional and creative development.

A Christmas mystery has a special flavour. This whole-day workshop will tap into that unique mood, taking inspiration from the magnificent surroundings of West Dean House and its immaculate grounds.

Greg Mosse is the author of two thrillers: The Coming Darkness and The Coming Storm (Moonflower Books), and four mystery novels: Murder at Church Lodge, Murder at Bunting Manor, Murder at the Theatre and Murder at Notre Dame (Hodder & Stoughton). He has, for thirty years, been a ‘writer and encourager of writers’, including initiating the MA in Creative Writing at West Dean College.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course, the tutor will supply all the materials.

What students need to bring

  • Notebook and pen, laptop if preferred

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).

Tutors

Greg Mosse

Greg is a ‘writer & encourager of writers’. His thriller THE COMING DARKNESS was published by Moonflower in November 2022 and has been named one of the best thriller books of 2022, in the Times.

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