award-winning Vancouver crime writer

Mystery Writing Mastery with Sam Wiebe


Have an idea for a mystery novel? Mired in the middle of a tough first draft? Wondering what revisions will make your work publication-ready? Then this is the class for you!

Join acclaimed author Sam Wiebe for a seminar focused on novel writing, with special emphasis on the crime and mystery genre. Topics include developing ideas, creating characters, fine-tuning plot, and revising your work for submission. Suitable for beginners to intermediate writers, and applicable to all genres of narrative fiction, this fun and interactive masterclass is based on materials developed from Sam’s residency at the Vancouver Public Library. 

We’ll cover:

Where to find ideas, and how to develop them

Creating your detective, suspects, and killers.

Writing an opening that hooks readers

Planting clues and red herrings

Plotting and structuring your novel

Common errors and how to fix them

Revising and submitting your work like a pro


Course booklet and pencil provided. Registration limited.

Sam Wiebe is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Cut You Down, Invisible Dead, and Last of the Independents. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award and the Kobo Emerging Writers Prize, and has been nominated for the Shamus Award and the City of Vancouver Book Award. He’s the editor of the forthcoming anthology Vancouver Noir, and has published short fiction and articles in various publications. Wiebe was the 2016 Vancouver Public Library Writer in Residence, and has given lectures and seminars internationally, including the Write on the Sound conference and ThrillerFest New York. He holds an MA (English) from SFU. Visit for more information.


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"Extremely thought provoking...Had a lot of fun learning about Noir."
"Excellent course!"
"Full of insight. Encouraging. Thorough."
"I have taken several writing courses, and this was one of the best with respect to the real world and thoughtful advice."
"Realistic advice presented in an encouraging way."
"Sam's choices were spot on, and his elaboration on key points practical and helpful."
"Great class! Very motivational! Made the venture of writing feel more approachable."