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Writing Classes

Since 1991, Shelley has taught fiction writing at many venues: University of California Extension in Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz, as adjunct faculty at Antioch University, and since 1995 at Writers on the Net (three courses: Mystery, thriller and Suspense Writing, “The I’ve always Wanted to Write Fiction Course”, and an ongoing workshop for students completing another Writers on the Net class, at College of Marin, and at writers conferences including the Book Passage Mystery Writers Conference, the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference, and the Jack London Writers Conference. Shelley also has ongoing private workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Several former students and clients have gone on to become published authors, some with many books, and several as award-winners. She is cited in the acknowledgments or dedications of books written by former students (see client/student raves).

Here is a current Schedule of Shelley's 2018 classes offered through Writers on the Net:


You can enroll by clicking here!


Along with class material on the basics of mystery fiction writing, there’s a workshop atmosphere: class discussion and writing exercises, submitting work to the group for feedback. The students will be at different points in their work. Some will have only the desire, some will have an idea, some will have a few chapters, some will have a finished draft of a novel. The goal is to motivate you to continue writing and improving after the class ends. Includes material on the business of mystery writing-- queries, proposals, ms guidelines, marketing, networking, organizations, agents.


Covers storytelling and plot, style, drama, conflict, character, dialog and description, setting, point of view, synopses and outlines, structure, organizing and revising. Students begin by brainstorming story ideas. Through class feedback and workshop exercises geared to help them work on their own stories or novels, they work on character and plot development, narrative form, structure, setting, dialogue, hooks, synopses and outlines.


This workshop is designed for those who have taken some of the other courses and want to go on from there. No lessons, no lectures, just writing and feedback from the class. Start a new book or story, go on with one you’ve already begun developing. An alternative to the one-on-one tutoring, you can take this workshop as often as you want for as long as you want to.

“Shelley Singer’s Mystery Writing Course changed my life. Shelley packed each class with solid and specific information that helped guide me in my writing, and she gave me encouragement after reading my work. I was inspired by her workshop to finish the manuscript—no small task—and finally send it out to agents… Penny Warner, Macavity Award winning Author