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Likely Suspects: Writing the Comic Murder Drama – G201017

Workshop ID: G201017
Dates: October 4 - October 10
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

Are you in the mood for some fiendish fun? In this collaborative workshop, participants will develop characters and plot for a comic murder mystery theater performance. You’ll learn about building the arc of a compelling story, writing dialogue, crafting suspense, creating clues, and pacing a script. We’ll begin by discussing the roles of a victim and suspect and getting familiar with the important concepts of motive, opportunity, plot twists, clues, and red herrings. Then we’ll do some brainstorming to select the setting and theme for our own mystery; invent a collection of characters and establish their relationships to one another; and write short biographical descriptions of the characters. As a group, the class will select the victim, establish the mode of killing, and outline the motives for each suspect. Together, the class will plan the event at which the murder will take place. Although we’ll meet as a group each morning, this course will depend upon your doing some writing on your own time! In the afternoons, working individually or in smaller groups, participants will write dialogue for the scene or scenes leading up to the murder and its announcement. After a read-through of the rough draft, the group will revise the script, adding plot twists and clues as necessary and establishing the process of guiding the audience toward a conclusion. This may involve writing a series of clues (separate from the script) that will be distributed to audience members, allowing them to “interview” characters in the play. The revised script will be printed for each participant, and we’ll rehearse by taking parts and reading through the scripts one or more times. At the end of the week, we will present a staged reading (not a full performance) of the play. If time permits, we may involve the audience in questioning suspects.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Colleen Anderson

Colleen Anderson is a graphic designer, writer, and singer/songwriter who lives in West Virginia. Her interest in paper art and craft dates back to childhood, but she became a dedicated origami enthusiast about 15 years

Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
  • Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy: Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to:
  2. Register by telephone at 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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