Published Author Stacey Madden to Teach Upcoming ‘Writing Mystery’ Course

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd) is thrilled to welcome another published author as an instructor for a Creative Writing Certificate course this spring. Stacey Madden, author of critically acclaimed thriller novel ‘Poison Shy’, will teach the upcoming ‘Writing Mystery’ course at the University of Guelph.

An experienced Canadian mystery writer, Madden looks forward to teaching students how to advance their writing skills. “The thing I look forward to the most about this class is meeting the students and reading their work. Nothing brings me more excitement than helping aspiring writers develop their craft,” says Madden.

“A unique element I bring to the course is my ability to mix genres--in other words, to find the mystery in the mundane. Writing mystery doesn't have to be about the typical who-done-it or police procedural; mystery can be found in many forms,” emphasizes Madden. “With textual examples, I can show students that anything can be seen as a mystery, if regarded through a certain lens. I think I have a skill for communicating how elements such as humour and humanity can be infused into the genre of mystery.”

Madden holds an Honours BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Working in a bookstore for more than 15 years, Madden has substantial experience with readers’ likes and dislikes when it comes to reading mystery novels.

The ‘Writing Mystery’ course will give students an opportunity to master how to devise a riveting and well-paced plot, create suspense, write convincing dialogue and construct searing images that will awaken a reader’s imagination. As a class, students will critique their own writing and discuss the importance of various genre tropes, such as red herrings, cliffhangers, twist endings and the prevalence of sex and death in mystery writing.

‘Writing Mystery’ begins on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the course registration page for more details.