Mystery Writers University

Edgar Allan PoeToday’s gonna be fun. All day long, listening to skilled and accomplished mystery writers as they divulge the secret means by which they create their craftiest sleuth stories. I’ll be taking notes.

The Mystery Writers of America, of which I am a card-carrying member, are convening a thing they call MWA University today at the W Hotel in Seattle. I’ll be there at 8 AM, coffeed up and ready to learn from the masters and mistresses of the art.

All the arcana of the mystery tale will be on the docket: plot, settings, characters, as well as some ineffables like, “Where do you find the time?” and “How do you catch all those typos?”

The faculty includes Daniel J. Hale, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Brian Thornton, Reed Farrel Coleman, Kat Richardson, and Jess Lourey, who are all notorious mystery writers, with more awards and bestsellers between them than any group of speakers gathered for the purpose in a long time.

This comes at the perfect moment; a review of the How-To of the Who-Dunnit just as I’m about to put the final coat of polish on my new medical thriller, The Neah Virus.

I’m stoked.

About Tom Hopp

Thomas P Hopp is a scientist and author living in Seattle. He writes medical thrillers, natural disaster novels, and the Dinosaur Wars science fiction series.
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