Summer Writing Club August: Mystery (Pt. 2)

Welcome back to the 2017 Summer Writing Club! This summer we asked you to put on your detective caps and write a classic whodunnit in two parts. If you followed the rules in July, then Chapter 1 should have ended with a cliffhanger. The second part of the challenge for August (Chapter 2) is to solve the mystery and wrap up the story. A quick reminder of the rules we set out last month:

This summer you will be writing a two-part Mystery. We’re looking for cozy, old-school whodunnit detective stories. No blood or violence. Death (if you choose to write a murder-mystery) is offscreen, and the tone should be gentle and quaint. You must end Chapter 1 with a CLIFFHANGER. Chapter 2 must end with a RESOLUTION. This month you will finish your story with a chapter that solves the mystery and ties up loose ends.

If you didn’t submit Chapter 1 in July, not to worry—you can write both chapters this month. Just pick an image and write a LONGFORM chapter based on the theme. Chapter 1 must end in a cliffhanger, and Chapter 2 must resolve the conflict. We hope you used some of the tips we gave you on foreshadowing. Now read this guide to writing endings, with a checklist you can use to make sure that your readers are left satisfied.

Tips and hints for a classic whodunnit: According to Wikipedia, the definition of the classic whodunnit is when:

…the audience is given the opportunity to engage in the same process of deduction as the protagonist throughout the investigation of a crime. The reader or viewer is provided with the clues from which the identity of the perpetrator may be deduced before the story provides the revelation itself at its climax. The investigation is usually conducted by an eccentric, amateur, or semi-professional detective.
Stay-tuned for more tips and hints throughout the summer! Go SWC!

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1. Your challenge - is to write a CHAPTER BOOK that includes the theme. Remember, all stories submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

2. Start by choosing your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork that inspires you, or search for a specific theme.

3. Write your story - Using the image you chose as a starting point, write your story.

4. Submit your story to the challenge - When your story is complete, select this month’s challenge from the dropdown on the book details page (it’s on the page before you submit to moderation). Please submit only ONE brand new story to this Challenge. (Note if you have a student account, you will not see this option — see Eligibility below.)

5. Eligibility – Any Storybird member can participate in our writing challenge. You join simply by participating. Paid membership is not required but it will allow you to display your beautiful badges like the one shown below, receive printable certificates for each challenge, and ensure your work is reviewed within 1-2 days.

You must have a Regular (non-student) account for your story to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog and to earn the badge. Stories published from Student accounts are only visible to members of your class.

Note that if you missed the July Challenge, you may write both chapters in August.

6. Moderation - Paid membership ensures your work is reviewed within 1-2 days. Otherwise, your work will be reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis and can take up to several weeks to be visible in the public library. We try to accelerate Challenge entries because of the short timeframe, but there are no guarantees.

8. Due date - To be eligible to be featured, your story must be submitted to moderation on or before August 26, 2017.

Select stories will be featured on the Storybird blog at the end of the month and may also be featured in our New & Noted section.

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