Three Critical Elements You Need To Write Mysteries That Rise Above The Norm

Step outside the norm of writing-how-to’s (plot, POV, tell vs show, 3rd person vs 1st, setting, foreshadowing, etc.) and take a look at three critical elements of storytelling that go beyond the norm.  Award-winning author Sylvia Dickey Smith will show you how these elements invite the reader in, giving notice that the real world is about to be suspended and the world of story entered, elements that pull readers in and make them ask for more.  Dickey Smith will select and read a few well-chosen excerpts from best-sellers that demonstrate these critical elements and their effects on the reader.  Friday, August 24, 2012, 2:10-3:10 PM.  COMING AUGUST 2012 AT KILLER NASHVILLE. Learn more at



About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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One Response to Three Critical Elements You Need To Write Mysteries That Rise Above The Norm

  1. Looking forward to the conference and the session. And, there will be a door prize or two, so….see you then!

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