I have a milestone coming up. Among the things I've always wanted to do is teach at a University. The University of Utah, my alma mater, was always my goal. And now at the end of this month, I'm going to be doing just that.
I am now an "Associate Instructor." It a cool title. I'm not a full-blown "professor," or an "adjunct." I'm more an experienced layman with delusions of Ivory Towers. I'm part of The Lifelong Learning program. Night school. Which is fan-freaking-tastic because those are some motivated folks. I must say. But it's cool and I'm very excited.
Plus get this.
I'm teaching something I love: Writing. Specifically and even better, I'll be teaching Mysteries. Am I the luckiest guy or what? I get to chill for six weeks with a group of eager mystery loving writers! I can't believe they're paying me to do it, but they are. And I could use the money — Christmas spending.... amirite?
Where was I? Oh, yeah. A class. It's up the University of Utah, on Tuesday nights, 6:30-8:30. There'll be fun informative lectures, examples and writing workshops. It runs from January 26 through March 1. Six Weeks. Space is limited if you want to attend. Here's the link.
"Look behind the curtain of the formulaic, but eternally popular genre: the Mystery Story. Learn about the constructions, tropes, types and methods that make the modern whodunit. Designed for both writers and fans of the mystery genre, class will include assignments and activities on plot, character web, record keeping, suspense, tension and conflict. Refine your work as you’re asked the questions: Did you hide the clue well enough? Does the audience care about the victim? Is the suspense tight enough? By the end of the course, if the crime is writing a mystery story, the “Whodunit” will be you!"