Writing YA Mysteries and Thrillers (with Jo Treggiari)

Mar 29 – Apr 19, 7 – 9pm >>

Learn how to craft page-turning mysteries and thrillers for the young adult audience using techniques like plotting backwards, building suspense, giving your characters agency, motives and motivation, utilizing red herrings, plot twists, clues and reveals for maximum impact, and incorporating an emotional or coming-of-age change in your main character’s arc.


Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA novels are Blood Will Out, a psych-thriller (Penguin Teen, 2018), and a second thriller, The Grey Sisters (Penguin Teen, 2019), which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary award and was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis award.

Location: Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (online with Zoom)

Dates of 4-week workshop: Mondays, Mar. 29 + Apr. 5 + Apr. 12 + Apr. 19 (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Price: $214 (incl. 1-year WFNS membership for 2021)

Member Price: $149

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