Thursday, June 18th, 8:30-12:30


Class Description:

Whodunit is the Least Interesting Question: In this presentation, Matt will talk about writing in the Mystery genre, drawing from what he learned writing ICEFALL, which won the Edgar Award (given by the Mystery Writers of America). Mysteries are about more than clues, suspects, and a detective who sorts them all out. Rather, mysteries speak to our deep need for order and meaning. Unlike the game Clue, the questions of who, and where, and with what weapon are not nearly as interesting as why. Matt will provide attendees with some concrete strategies for taking their mysteries to the next level, and help those writing in other genres to add a little mystery to their stories.

NOTE: Mini Workshops include afternoon sessions for the day they take place.

Photo of Matt Kirby

Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels THE CLOCKWORK THREE, ICEFALL, THE LOST KINGDOM, INFINITY RING BOOK 5: CAVE OF WONDERS, and THE QUANTUM LEAGUE series. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists. He is a former school psychologist, and currently lives in Utah with his wife and three step-kids.

Visit him at his website/blog