Here's your ticket to the greatest mystery-writing workshop ever! In this extraordinary compilation, more than three dozen members of the Mystery Writers of America share insights and advice that can help make your writing dreams a reality. Writers will learn how to piece a perfect mystery together and create realistic stories that are taut, immediate and fraught with tension. You'll learn how to: Develop unique ideas Construct an airtight plot packed with intrigue and suspense Create compelling characters and atmospheric settings Develop a writing style all your own Write convincing dialogue Choose the appropriate point of view Work with an agent Conduct accurate research and much, much more! The book's contributors include a "who's who" of the mystery writing elite: Faye and Jonathan Kellerman on conducting accurate research; Michael Connelly on mastering characterization; Tony Hillerman on writing without an outline; Lawrence Block on overcoming writer's block; Sara Paretsky on creating successful series characters; Tess Gerritson on writing the medical thriller; Ann Rule on the art of writing true crime. And many more! You'll also find special guidelines for creating clues, dropping red herrings, and writing medical, legal, historical, true crime, and young adult mysteries. It's all the information you need to solve the mystery-writing riddle!