Writing Mysteries, Thrillers, and Horror Novels


October 24, 2014 - November 14, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


South Campus

1531 Trinity Church Road
Concord, 28027

Contact – 704-216-7222

Building – 3000

Room – 3211


Event Type – Course

Writing Mysteries, Thrillers, and Horror Novels *NEW*

9/28/14 Charlotte Observer Article

Whether you’re writing a mystery, thriller, or horror novel, you want to get your reader’s heart pounding while they rip through the pages. This course will teach you the techniques you need to build tension and suspense. It will explore how to develop compelling heroes and antagonists (human or paranormal!), create high stakes, set time constraints, and plant clues and red herrings.

You’ll learn how to plot the written version of a roller-coaster and take your reader on a ride of rising and falling action and unexpected twists. During each class, there will be time to practice the techniques you’re learning through writing prompts that will spark your imagination. Just in time for Halloween!

  • The registration fee is $49.
  • Online registration instructions:
    • Go to WebAdvisor.
    • Click the “Students” icon, then “Register and Pay for Continuing Education Classes” under Registration.
    • To search for your class, type WRITE as a Key Word.
    • Check the box on the left to select the class and hit “Submit”.
    • Enter your information and follow instructions to register and pay.
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  • Contact Tricia Staggers tricia.staggers@rccc.edu for more information.

Instructor is Melinda Metz, the author of over fifty books for teen and middle-grade readers. She was on the writing staff for the TV shows Roswell (based on her young adult book series Roswell High) and 1-800-Missing. Before becoming a freelance writer, Melinda spent ten years as an editor, working on all kinds of fiction, for both children and adults.

Writing Mysteries


New dates are: Fridays, Oct. 24 – Nov.14 , 2:00 – 4:00 pm, South Campus, Concord, Bldg 3000, Rm 3211