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Mystery Story Weekend with Wordcrafters in Eugene

February 1 • 5:30 pm - February 3 • 12:00 pm


Who doesn’t love a good whodunit? Spend a weekend with fourteen other suspects spinning a mystery in Eugene’s grand “Castle on the Hill” – The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House. February 1-3, 2019. Registration is now open at https://wordcraftersineugene.org/mysteryweekend/ !

Everyone will write a complete short story in twenty-four hours, then we’ll gather in the drawing room to read them, following red herrings and tracking down clues.

All writers are welcome, from the beginner to the accomplished short story writer or novelist. The instructor will help anyone thicken plots, structure the perfect crime, or develop shady characters and precocious private eyes. This is a fun way to get started writing mysteries, and a great way to meet other writers working in the same genre. Cozy, police procedural, gumshoe, noir—all mysteries are welcome!

Tuition includes all instruction, a traditional Victorian Curry Dinner Friday evening, Sunday breakfast, and, of course, use of the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House to spin your tale.

Sleeping accommodations and other meals are not included. Discounted reservations will be available at the Campbell House Inn nearby for those coming from out of town. Nearby restaurants and food trucks are an easy walk, and a kitchen with a microwave is available to brown bag your other meals. Participants often make a group reservation for Saturday dinner at the nearby brewpub.

Writing hours at the house:
Friday 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday Brunch: 9:00 am – Noon

We’ll gather for dinner at 5:30 pm on Friday evening. At 7 pm, we’ll withdraw to the drawing room to talk about the elements of a good whodunit. Then you’re off to write on your own. The point is to write a complete story in 24 hours. On Saturday eve, we’ll gather again at 7 pm to read our stories.
The instructor is available to help you with your stories, and to talk privately about your writing. We hold very casual class time during meals. Sunday morning we give light feedback/critiques on the stories we heard Saturday night. (Don’t be nervous—everything is first draft.)
Cost: $169

John Reed’s years as an Army Intelligence officer have given him more than enough background for his four espionage novels: Thirteen Mountain, Dark Forest, Shadow White as Stone and The Kingfisher’s Call. His unforgettable characters and tension-filled plots are a testament to his skill as a master storyteller. Follow him online at www.johnreedbooks.com.


February 1 • 5:30 pm
February 3 • 12:00 pm
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Wordcrafters in Eugene


Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
303 Willamette Street
Eugene, 97401
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