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(leading to ExpertRating Writing Certification-Mystery Writing).

What makes a mystery?

If you consider the books you've read most recently, you may be surprised to discover that many--if not all--are mysteries. From Dan Brown to Dennis Lehane, mysteries are hot items on today's best-seller lists.

This course will teach you the techniques you need to know if you want to become a best-selling mystery author.

Mystery Writing begins by introducing the four story types and then explains how they relate to mysteries. It then reveals the three-act story structure, which is any story's key to success. Next, it shows you how to propel the action forward to a climax, followed by a catharsis in which your readers feel the release of tension that accompanies a great finish.

The difference between story and plot is one of the most important distinctions in fiction writing--and one that many professional authors don't fully understand. But you will have mastered it by the end of this course. You'll also get a chance to experiment with viewpoints and see which one works best for your mystery. And you'll write a complete scene from your story and learn the internal structure that makes every scene feel right.

Finally, you'll delve into the special techniques that apply to mysteries, including crime scene description, MacGuffins, and the use of red herrings to misdirect your readers and create suspense.

Examples from real mystery novels will show these techniques in action. Then, following each lesson, you'll get to practice on your own story. And when you have questions or insights to share, you can join your instructor and classmates in a dynamic, interactive discussion area.

This information-packed online course combines the best advice of many writing professionals, tempered with the instructor's own experiences as a mystery writer. Follow the guidelines taught in this course, and you'll be well on your way to writing a successful mystery of your very own!

Buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing)- $129.99

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Steve Alcorn.

Steve Alcorn

About the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) instructor:Steve Alcorn is the published author of a wide range of fiction and nonfiction works, including the mystery "A Matter of Justice," the historical novel "Everything in Its Path," the romance "Ring of Diamonds" (under the pseudonym Sharon Stevens), and an illustrated journal of his travels around the world called "Travel Kid." When he isn't writing and teaching, Steve serves as the president of Alcorn McBride Inc., a company that engineers equipment for all of your favorite theme park rides.

 Online Mystery Writing Course requirements: For taking this instructor led ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) you need Internet access, e-mail, and the Netscape or Firefox or Internet Explorer Web browser.

 Testimonials: The ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) has received overwhelming positive feedback and reviews from students around the world. Here are a few:

"A great course. Steve did a wonderful job helping all us would be mystery writers get our thoughts in order and onto paper (or at least the computer screen). I would take another course taught by Steve and will recommend this course to my friends."

"Another great course from a great instructor!"

"Best fiction writing class I ever took; and I had no clue whatsoever about how mystery writers write their books until I took this course. Now I plan to actually finish writing a mystery novel and try and get it published, using the outline I was able to write in class."

"During the course I wrote a mystery using your guidelines. I finished it last week and sent off a query letter. The publisher has requested the complete manuscript!"

"Every person considering writing any type of fiction should take this course with Steve Alcorn. It contained concise information, writing assignments and quizzes, as well as comprehensive review by the instructor. Mr. Alcorn was "in his classroom" available for instruction and assistance when it was 2:00 a.m. and I was in my pajamas! The class was strikingly beneficial, fun and up-to-the-minute with instructional responses. He has my highest recommendation."

"Excellent course! I could have saved money on a lot of books I bought if I had taken this class first!"

"Excellent course! I gained confidence in writing fiction, and reading fiction, gained info on the underlying structure and hope you all see my book in your bookstore!"

"Excellent course. I have read two books on mystery writing and got much more from this class than either book."

"Excellent information. I haven't run into anything as approachable and direct on structure and organized approach to novel writing."

"Excellent instructor. Course was very helpful. I will certainly take additional courses from this instructor."

"From beginning to end this course seemed to tug me toward honing my skills as a writer--all in a good way. Mr. Alcorn's course is precise, informative and, if you are truly ready and willing to learn the art of mystery writing--or writing great fiction--this is by far the best course to take."

"Great class and great instructor. His comments were always positive and supportive as well as very helpful. The other class members were also very supportive."

Buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing)- $129.99

ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing)

(leading to ExpertRating Writing Certification-Mystery Writing)

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When you choose the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) you can be sure that you are buying a premium International certification that is recognized by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the US and other countries.


 With ExpertRating you get certified quickly online and you are equipped with a store house of information through the in-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware which has been developed by experienced Writing and Publishing Industry Experts.

 The ExpertRating Mystery Writing Certification is by far the best value for money instructor led Mystery Writing Program at $129.99.


Some Popular questions and answers about this ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) and Certification:

 How much does the Mystery Writing Certification cost and what does it include?

You can buy this ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) leading to Mystery Writing certification at a special offer price of only $129.99 which includes the in-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware and exam fee. This is the best value for money Mystery Writing Program available till date. You get the following services within the USD $129.99 fee.

     In-depth ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware including scenarios and case studies.

     An instructor to guide you through the course and to whom you can direct your questions.

     World wide airmail delivery of the hard copy Mystery Writing Certificate. The Mystery Writing Certificate can be used to prove your certified status and does not mention the words "online".

     An online transcript that can be used to prove your certified credentials on the internet at any time.

ExpertRating  Mystery Writing Certification

How do I get certified?

The process of getting yourself certified is very simple. All you have to do is buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) for $129.99. Log in to the instructor led course using your password. Go through the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware (which would take you 6 weeks) and complete the final Mystery Writing Certification exam at your convenience. You can complete the exam within 2 months of buying the Mystery Writing Certification. The result of the exam appears as soon as it is completed, and your Mystery Writing Certificate is mailed immediately.

What learning aids will I get?

The ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) includes the following learning aids:

24 x 7 hour access to the courseware. A printer friendly version of the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) is also provided

A friendly instructor to answer your questions online

A discussion area to have your questions answered

Chapter end quizzes to ensure that you are learning important aspects of every chapter

Chapter assignments to help you practically use the Mystery Writing that you will learn during the Mystery Writing Course.

What is the final exam like?

The final exam is fully based upon the   ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware that is provided along with the Mystery Writing Certification. If you have gone through the courseware properly you should not have a problem clearing the exam. The exam consists of multiple choice questions from all chapters of the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Courseware.

What are the course start dates?

ExpertRating instructor led courses commence every month, you can always choose a suitable date for your course commencement in any month. To see available course start dates, please click on the "Enroll now" button. All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.


Buy the ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing)- $129.99


Mystery fiction is a popular genre of writing.

Mystery fiction is often used as a synonym of detective fiction — in other words a novel or short story in which a detective unravels a crime or a mystery. Mystery writing follows some set rules. For instance, it’s the climax that reveals the truth. If you are an amateur or professional mystery writer, then this is the right course for you. This course will give you an understanding of the mysterious elements to your writing and make it more interesting for the readers. After completing this course, you will be able to pen mystery stories which will make the readers’ pulse rate soaring and their adrenaline rushing.


The ExpertRating Mystery Writing Certification course will teach you the tools and techniques to create a story full of suspense and make a great mystery writer out of you.

ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Mystery Writing) Coverage (6 weeks program)  

Week One

Wednesday - Lesson 01

You're probably wondering if you can really write a novel or screenplay. You may have already started one—maybe even several—and then run out of steam. In this first lesson, you'll begin finding out the secret that guarantees success. It's the secret of knowing where you're going before you start. This lesson will also take some time to discuss what makes a mystery great, and to explore a number of real-world examples.

Friday - Lesson 02

Did you know that there's a big difference between story and plot? Amazingly, even many professional authors are confused about this. In this lesson you'll learn that plot is physical while story is emotional. Balancing the two is one of the keys to writing fiction that will satisfy your audience.

Week Two

Wednesday - Lesson 03

This lesson is about the dramatic elements at the heart of every story: passion, theme, character, and premise. Your passion is what drives you to tell your story and the theme is the underlying message it carries. To convey your theme, you create characters that represent it—either positively or negatively. Put these elements together and you've got your premise.

Friday - Lesson 04

Character is what story is all about. Without a character—and a change in him or her—there can be no story. In this lesson, you'll discover why the best characters are flawed. This lesson will explore your main character—the protagonist—and the opposing force of the antagonist. And then it will look at tricks and techniques for creating characters that are memorable.

Week Three

Wednesday - Lesson 05-

This lesson will explore the structure underlying almost every great story. That's right: Nearly every successful story has the same structure—a structure that virtually guarantees success! Like Sherlock Holmes, each element will be examined under the writer's magnifying glass. Then those theories will be tested against some well-known mysteries. By the end, the lesson will have solved the mystery of story structure.

Friday - Lesson 06

This is the first of three lessons in which you'll construct your story outline, act-by-act. In Act 1, you'll hook your readers. Then you'll fill them in with some character history called backstory. Finally, you'll exit Act 1 with a bang by triggering a traumatic event in the life of your protagonist.

Week Four

Wednesday - Lesson 07

In this lesson, you'll work on Act 2 of your mystery. If Act 1 ended with a bang, Act 2 starts with a whimper. Your protagonist begins in crisis—an emotional state brought on by his or her flaw. And because of that flaw, your protagonist will struggle throughout the act as the antagonist deals setback after setback. Fortunately, at the conclusion of Act 2, your protagonist finally figures out the source of all this emotional distress and overcomes it.

Friday - Lesson 08

The epiphany that ended Act 2 has prepared your protagonist for triumph in Act 3. So it's time to devise a plan. The result will be a final confrontation with the antagonist. This lesson looks at the best way to defeat the antagonist—it's not what you might guess. Then, with that dramatic climax behind you, you'll be ready to tie up all your story's loose threads in the ending.

Week Five

Wednesday - Lesson 09

You've accomplished a lot and you've gotten pretty comfortable with story structure. This is the lesson where everything is put together. In this lesson you're going to move from story idea, to story outline, to developing scenes. From these little seeds, you're about to grow a forest.

Friday - Lesson 10

This lesson will unravel the internal structure of every piece of fiction you've ever read. This is different from story structure and it's something that you never even knew existed. It's called scene and sequel. After finishing this lesson, you'll never forget it.

Week Six

Wednesday - Lesson 11

One of the most important choices an author makes is viewpoint. It affects every aspect of story—from theme, to pacing, to suspense. This lesson will look at the three most common viewpoints: third person omniscient, third person limited, and first person. This lesson will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each by considering examples from real-word mystery novels.

Friday - Lesson 12

Much of what have been talked about in this course applies to all types of fiction, not just mysteries. So, in learning how to write a great mystery, you've also been learning to be a better writer in all genres. But this final lesson will examine some elements unique to mystery writing. Then this lesson will wrap up with ideas about how to follow the roadmap you've created and actually reach your goal of a finished novel or screenplay.

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