Writing Mysteries for Kids
by Bryan Patrick Avery
This past weekend, I had the honor of appearing on the Mystery Writers of America, Northern California Chapter’s Facebook live series. Each entry in the series is a short (30-45) presentation and discussion on an aspect of mystery writing. My topic was “Writing Mysteries for Children and Middle Schoolers”.
You can view the full segment here.
For now, though, I’d like to share some of the tips I shared during my presentation. Here there are:
To see some wonderful examples of middle grade mystery and suspense writing, check out these two anthologies from the Mystery Writers of America. While you're at it, pick up a copy of HOW TO WRITE A MYSTERY, an anthology on craft. There’s even a whole section on writing mysteries for kids.
Well, that’s all for this month. Happy writing and have a magical month.
Bryan Patrick Avery is an award-winning poet and author of books for children from toddlers through middle grade. His middle-grade story, “The Magic Day Mystery”, appears in SUPER PUZZLETASTIC MYSTERIES, an anthology from HarperCollins and the Mystery Writers of America. His debut picture book, THE FREEMAN FIELD PHOTOGRAPH, illustrated by Jerome White, was published by Clearfork Publishing/Spork. His early reader series, MR. GRIZLEY’S CLASS, illustrated by Arief Putra, is now available from Picture Window Press. Bryan lives in Northern California with his family.
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Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with awesome multi-published former student Shirin Shamsi who will be focusing on Muslim and cultural kidlit.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
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And 5th Mondays we'll be taking a break