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How to Write a Cozy Mystery

One of the most beloved genres of crime fiction, “cozies,” are named for the teapot cover designed to keep the water hot, a nod to the genre’s creator, Agatha Christie. Authors of cozies promise readers fair-play puzzles with amateur sleuths and a familiar pattern. With this tutorial, you’ll understand the basics of cozy mysteries and how to write your own.

This tutorial is taught by Jane K. Cleland. Jane writes the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series (St. Martin’s Minotaur), which is often reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Jane has published four nonfiction books. Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, is a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, and served on the national board. Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with authors and industry professionals that appears on cable television and online (BronxNet).

Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She’s a member of the full-time faculty of Lehman College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, where she is also the Director of the Program for Professional Communications. She also mentors MFA students in the Western Connecticut State University MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program and facilitates writing workshops, including Aspiring Writer’s Weekend and Memoir Writing, both sponsored by MIT/Endicott House.

In one-hour video tutorial, you’ll discover:

  • The four standards of cozy mysteries
  • How to recognize and implement the genre conventions of “cozies” into your writing
  • The difference between cozy mysteries and thrillers
  • How to respect your readers’ expectations