Building the Crime Novel
Location: Open Book-Loft Classroom
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Class Level: Open to All Levels
• Regular: $105.00
• Member: $94.50
• Low-Income: $73.50
The best mysteries have always been about more than who killed Mr. Body in the library with a candlestick. They help us explore the truth of our existence with as much validity as any so-called work of literature.
In this seminar, we'll help students achieve this goal by examining the structure of the crime novel starting with the simple question—What is this book about? From there we will discuss what Hitchcock called "the McGuffin"—the reason the story takes place—followed by the importance of conflict in moving the story along and exploring the theme as well as a detailed discussion of the three parts of the crime novel—snare, joyride and payoff. We will also discuss the Voice of the Narrator. Bring a bag lunch; we'll break mid-day.