Writing Workshop with Author Jan Brogan: How to Use Your Own Life to Write a Murder Mystery

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Cost: $10

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)

Sun, 2011-02-13 14:00 - 15:30

Are you an aspiring writer? Take a workshop with a professional author!

How to Use Your Own Life to Write a Murder Mystery with Jan_BroganMystery Writer Jan Brogan

We all write from what we know: learn to use your life and what you know to create a credible sleuth and develop an murder mystery plot. This class will cover character development, plot structure, research tips, revision techniques and writing discipline.

Registration is strongly encouraged. Please email or call 455-8057 and leave your name and contact information.

Please bring cash, check, or money order with you on the day of class. Exact change is always appreciated.

About the Instructor
Jan Brogan is the author of the critically acclaimed Hallie Ahern series set in Providence.  She has taught writing at the Cape Cod Writer’s Center, the Boston Learning Society in Needham, The Brown University Learning Community and The Learning Connection in Providence.  Her first novel Final Copy, won The Drood Review of Mystery’s Editors’ Choice award and was named one of the best eight mysteries published in 2001.  A Confidential Source (Mysterious Press, April 2005 ) received a rave review in The New York Times Book Review and was chosen by The Mystery Guild Book Club as an alternate spring selection. Yesterday’s Fatal (St Martin’s Press May 2007) was named a “Killer Book” by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association and one of the summer’s best reads by Northeast Public Radio. Teaser, also, from St. Martin’s Press, received four stars from Romantic Times Magazine.

A  journalist for almost thirty years, Jan is a former staff writer at The Providence Journal-Bulletin in Rhode Island and The Worcester Telegram and Gazette in Massachusetts and has worked as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. Her freelance work has appeared in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Ladies Home Journal and Forbes Magazine. One of her essays was recently published in the collection I’m Going to College, Not You, edited by Jennifer Delahunty.  Jan is currently working on a book merging her journalism and suspense writing skills about a 1976 murder of a Harvard football player in Boston’s Combat Zone.

To learn more visit  or check out her blog at

These programs are made possible with help from the Robert Danforth Watkins Fund for Lifelong Learning.

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