Southern California Free Short Story Writing Workshop


Writing a good mystery story involves a whole palette of skills, but none is more critical than constructing an engaging plot. Join crime fiction short story specialist James Lincoln Warren for an interactive workshop on the 9 Elements of Plot. You will learn how to create an effective opening, grab the reader with a powerful climax, and leave the reader satisfied with a memorable ending, along with several other indispensable techniques.

Thursday, February 27  –  6 to 9 pm

Burbank Library
300 N Buena Vista St
Burbank, CA 91505

Free Admission
but please RSVP to
so they can be sure to have enough supplies

James Lincoln Warren, a frequent contributor to Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, is the author of two mystery short fiction series and several standalone short stories. Among his standalone fiction, “Shanghaied” (AHMM, Jan/Feb 2009) was selected by Otto Penzler and Lee Child as one of the “Other Distinguished Mystery Stories of 2009” in The Best American Mystery Short Stories 2010. James is the winner of the Black Orchid Novella Award for an original novella written in the tradition of Rex Stout, a past President of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and has previously lectured on short story structure to conferences and mystery organizations. He received his B.A. in the Humanities from the University of Texas San Antonio and has served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.

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