Everyone loves a good mystery! All mothers and grandparents have a story tucked away somewhere in their head. Let’s forget the cute story with the dog and cat and a cute button of a girl. Or animals talking to each other. Wouldn’t it be fun to write a spooky, mysterious, eerie story?
Get your pens and papers along for doodling, thinking and sketching out your initial ideas, villains and characters. The class will cover the basics of creating a plot and talk about how to bring in a mysterious touch to the story. For instance, how do you create unusual characters? “Shall I call my villain Suckeroo?” (No, you shouldn’t. Please don’t). Where do you find that first sketch and germ of an idea? How do you turn an idea into a story? And how do you build the aura of magic, strangeness and spirituality in your story?
If you have an idea, get it along in your head, and we can develop it along with the class.
Radhika Dhawan Puri is a writer based in Singapore, who usually writes about dull stuff like business and public policy. What she enjoys is children’s fiction. Radhika started writing stories for her daughter and her love for writing fiction grew from there. Radhika’s first novel, Mountain of Fire, is a sort of mystical, magic realism adventure based on Mount Merapi, and was published by Bubby Books in Singapore in 2013. Her second novel, The Fibonacci Revelation, is a detective story involving two kids and is based on events in Singapore’s history. She speaks regularly at schools in Singapore. Radhika loves mysteries and hates perfect characters.
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