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
There are five total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for one hour on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 7. This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch at their leisure. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. All enrolled students will receive recordings of each session shortly after class ends and will be able to access them for up to one week using a temporary password.
Session 1 (Wednesday, 10/7, 7–8 PM ET): Inspiration, research, and structure
Session 2 (Wednesday, 10/14, 7–8 PM ET): Setting, cliques, and characters
Session 3 (Wednesday, 10/21, 7–8 PM ET): Conflict and clues
Session 4 (Wednesday, 10/28, 7–8 PM ET): Physical evidence and speeches
Session 5 (Wednesday, 11/4, 7–8 PM ET): Hosting a killer party
Atlas Obscura Online Courses
Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 20 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed a time that works for you for up to one week after they’ve aired.
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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.
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.