How To Plot a Middle-Grade Mystery

Oct 07, 2023

Online event

Want to write a middle-grade mystery, but you’re not sure how to make the format work? In this webinar, author Fleur Bradley will cover various elements of the genre, including concept (or: how to pick the crime), introducing the suspects, and how to plant clues so they're not too obvious. We'll go over examples of great MG mysteries and what makes them shine, how to create depth with theme and character arcs, and how to create an outline. You’ll have a rough outline at the end of this workshop, plus there’s time for Q&A.

Webinar Details

Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 6:00 PM CEST

Free for SCBWI members, 25€ for non-members

This webinar is 60 minutes long

Registration will close at noon on Friday Oct 6, 2023. 

Click HERE to register

A Zoom link will be sent 24 hours before the event.

A link to a recording of this event will be emailed the day after the webinar and will be available for 30 days.

About the Presenter

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Fleur Bradley

Fleur Bradley has loved puzzles and mysteries ever since she first discovered Agatha Christie novels. She’s the author of many short mysteries and mysteries for kids, including Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (Viking/PRH) and the Double Vision trilogy (as F.T. Bradley, Harper Children’s). Midnight at the Barclay Hotel was shortlisted for the Reading the West, Agatha and Anthony Awards, and recently won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Southwest region, Colorado Book Award, and Florida's Sunshine State Young Reader Award. Her next MG mystery, Daybreak on Raven Island (Viking) is out in paperback August 2023 and shortlisted for the Agatha Award. Her story Tag, You're It will be representing Colorado in the forthcoming 50 Haunted States SCBWI anthology. Fleur’s story The Perfect Alibi appears in Mystery Writers of America’s middle-grade anthology Super Puzzletastic Mysteries, edited by Chris Grabenstein. She regularly does author school and virtual visits, as well as librarian and educator conference talks on reaching reluctant readers. Originally from the Netherlands, she now lives in Colorado with her family and entirely too many rescue animals. Find out more about Fleur at