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The Ultimate Mystery Writing Course for Kids

Write Your Own Mystery with Steve Reifman, National Board Certified Teacher and Award-Winning Children's Mystery Author
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 21m
Language: English
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This course is designed for children 8-12 years of age who are interested in writing their own mysteries. National Board Certified elementary school teacher and award-winning author Steve Reifman will take young writers step-by-step from the beginning of the writing process to the end and help them craft stories that keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats! It doesn’t matter whether students are already seasoned mystery writers or brand new to the genre. This course promises to take young writers to the next level.

In the easy-to-follow videos and detailed handouts that comprise this course, Steve skillfully combines the wisdom accumulated throughout his 19 years as an educator with numerous examples from his book Chase Against Time to teach students about crimes, crime solvers, suspects, motives, clues, witnesses, alibis, red herrings, and all the other elements that make mysteries so much fun to read and write.
What’s even better, students can learn at their own pace. While the course’s twenty-nine videos focus on the same knowledge and skills that one might find in a more traditional 4-6 week writing class, the structure of this course enables students to work on their mysteries anytime, anywhere. Students can watch and pause the videos whenever they wish, re-watch videos as necessary, and complete the course as their schedule permits.

In addition to teaching the knowledge and skills required to help children write their own mysteries, Steve focuses on higher purposes. He wants children to experience the same thrill of writing a mystery adventure that he had when he wrote Chase Against Time and its sequels. He also promotes valuable writing habits such as perseverance, pride, and paying attention to detail. Furthermore, he wants children to develop a passion for reading and writing, and he leads the course with these larger objectives in mind.

You will learn

✓ Course Goal: By the end of the course, students will be able to write a satisfying, suspenseful mystery that will keep readers guessing and on the edge of their seats.
✓ Course Objectives: By the end of the course, students will learn:
✓ • the elements of a mystery story
✓ • how to pick the right type of crime for their mystery
✓ • how to develop a well-rounded, interesting main character
✓ •  how to collect story ideas and try them out
✓ •  a variety of ways in which characters can change throughout a story
✓ •  how to write a character “Back Story”
✓ •  how to describe the culprit and the circumstances surrounding the crime
✓ •  how to develop a list of suspects and give them powerful motives
✓ •  how to rule out suspects until only the culprit remains
✓ •  how to “hide” clues so readers have to work hard to find them
✓ •  how to incorporate alibis, witnesses, red herrings, and investigation strategies into their mystery
✓ • how to create a setting that adds an important dimension to the story
✓ •  how to use a tool called a “Story Mountain” to organize their ideas logically
✓ •  how to plan their chapters before beginning the drafting process
✓ •  how to progress through the stages of drafting, revising, editing, and publishing
✓ • how to reflect on their work at the end of the writing process to promote future improvement


• Students need to possess reading and writing skills at, near, or beyond their grade level.

This course is for

• Children 8-12 years of age

How much does the The Ultimate Mystery Writing Course for Kids course cost? Is it worth it?

The course costs $15.99. And currently there is a 20% discount on the original price of the course, which was $19.99. So you save $4 if you enroll the course now.
The average price is $18.0 of 261 Writing courses. So this course is 11% cheaper than the average Writing course on Udemy.

Does the The Ultimate Mystery Writing Course for Kids course have a money back guarantee or refund policy?

YES, The Ultimate Mystery Writing Course for Kids has a 30-day money back guarantee. The 30-day refund policy is designed to allow students to study without risk.

Are there any SCHOLARSHIPS for this course?

Currently we could not find a scholarship for the The Ultimate Mystery Writing Course for Kids course, but there is a $4 discount from the original price ($19.99). So the current price is just $15.99.

Who is the instructor? Is Steve Reifman a SCAM or a TRUSTED instructor?

Steve Reifman has created 2 courses that got 311 reviews which are generally positive. Steve Reifman has taught 1,694 students and received a 4.6 average review out of 311 reviews. Depending on the information available, Steve Reifman is a TRUSTED instructor.
Teacher, Author, Speaker
 BioSteve Reifman is a National Board Certified elementary school teacher, author, and speaker in Santa Monica, CA. He has written several books for educators and parents, including Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a Time, Eight Essentials for Empowered Teaching and Learning, K-8, and Rock Your Students’ World. Steve is also the creator of the award-winning Chase Manning Mystery Series for kids 8-12. Each book in the series features a single-day, real-time thriller that occurs on an elementary school campus. For Teaching Tips, articles, and other valuable resources and strategies on teaching the whole child, visit www.stevereifman.com. Follow Steve on Twitter (@stevereifman), subscribe to his “Teaching Kids” YouTube channel, and check out over a dozen of his classroom-tested resources at http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:Steve+Reifman.
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 3h 21m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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