Independent Writers: Mystery | S19

Ages: 10-15
Day, Time: fridays 12:00-1:00
Location: game room


Nancy Schatz Alton

Nancy Schatz Alton is a freelance writer and editor. For almost two decades, she’s written for many types of publications, websites and clients. Find her current work at and on her personal blog, She believes everyone can enjoy writing within the environment that works for them. She’s the co-author of The Healthy Back Book and The Healthy Knees Book. She also writes poetry most every day and is working on the sixth draft of her memoir about her journey helping her dyslexic daughter.

class description

Bring your imagination and a willingness to write in class! I’ll teach the basic building blocks of writing mysteries and students will spend a chunk of time in each class writing. We’ll read some excerpts of mystery novels, we’ll workshop our classmates’ writing homework, and we’ll make a collection of our edited short stories as a final project. Students will be expected to read a mystery novel while taking this class, and we’ll talk about what they like and don’t like about what they are reading. We’ll have lots of fun while we talk about what makes for good mystery writing and reading.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

Ability to write on own for 20 to 30 minute stretches


At least an hour of writing outside of class, maybe more, depending on student’s goals for quarter

field trips:


additional fees/supplies:

Notebook/writing paper and writing utensil

parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.