Events downtown

Jun 15

Examining the Bones (that Hold your Story Together)
Location: 314 Forest Ave, Portland, Maine 04101, US
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Event website

A Workshop on the Structures OF Mysteries and Thrillers at the Maine Crime Wave w/ Barbara Ross

Structure is the bones beneath your novel or story, holding your plot, characters, settings, and themes together. It is usually unseen by casual readers and often used only subconsciously by newer writers. Nevertheless, like you, without a skeleton your story would be just a bag of goo on the floor. In this workshop we will cover what story structure is, examples of common structures for mysteries and thrillers/suspense novels, and how you can use a conscious knowledge of structure when drafting or revising your novel or whenever it makes sense in your particular process.

Barbara Ross is the author of twelve Maine Clambake Mystery novels and six novellas. Her books have been nominated for multiple Agatha Awards for Best Contemporary Novel and have won the Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction. Barbara lives in Portland, Maine. Readers can visit her website at

Note: This special workshop is limited to 12 people and will happen during the Maine Crime Wave. It is only available to those who register for the Maine Crime Wave.