In this five-part lecture series, Abi Inman will walk you through researching, writing, and hosting your own murder mystery party.
Nothing brings people together quite like donning period costume and trying to solve an elaborate, fictional murder by framing friends and family. Murder mystery games have been around since the early 20th century, and are infinitely adaptable; they can be made for players of all ages and take on a multitude of forms. While some are available for purchase online, they tend to be poorly written and often rely on one of a few classic, overused plots. Luckily, murder mysteries are just as fun to write as they are to play.
Over the course of five sessions, we’ll look at the history and structure of murder mysteries before creating our own. We’ll discuss what types of events and settings make good inspiration for a successful party, and which format works best for you. You’ll learn about the different pieces you need to create for each phase of the party, how to write characters that anyone can play, and what clues to put in place to ensure your murder is solvable without being obvious. By the time the course is finished, you’ll have a complete murder mystery party written and will be equipped with the tools you need to host it in person or online.
Syllabus at a Glance
This course includes five total sessions, each lasting for one hour on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning September 7.
Session 1 (Wednesday, 9/7, 8–9:00 PM ET): Inspiration, research, and structure
Session 2 (Wednesday, 9/14, 8–9:00 PM ET): Setting, cliques, and characters
Session 3 (Wednesday, 9/21, 8–9:00 PM ET): Conflict and clues
Session 4 (Wednesday, 9/28, 8–9:00 PM ET): Physical evidence and speeches
Session 5 (Wednesday, 10/5, 8–9:00 PM ET): Hosting a killer party
This course is available at three ticket prices. This tiered pricing model is designed to increase access for a wider range of students as well as to support our instructors. In addition to tiered tickets, we offer a limited number of no-pay spots for students who would not otherwise be able to take this course. No-pay spots are selected via a randomized drawing two weeks before each section begins. For more information and to apply for a no-pay spot, please click here. To learn more about our pricing model and randomized selection process for no-pay spots, please visit our FAQ page.
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Abi Inman is a murder mystery writer and hostess who has held events everywhere from New York City to Belgrade. Her company Exquisite Corpse puts a new twist on the classic murder mystery party format, basing parties on historical events and hosting them in historic venues.
This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording of each session, after it airs, at a time that is convenient for them. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session meets, students will receive access to a recording of the live session, which they can watch for up to two weeks after the course concludes.
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Wed, Sep 7, 20228:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.$85