Scene of the Crime Writers Festival: Genre Talk

This year Scene of the Crime brought us Barbara Fradkin, author of the Michael Green Detective novels. Barbara led the morning workshop at writers festival on Wolfe Island in Kingston Ontario.

Barbara Fradkin, Andrew Pyper, Ian Hamilton, Gloria Ferris, Erika Chase, Janet Bolin
Panel discussion by: Barbara Fradkin, Andrew Pyper, Ian Hamilton, Gloria Ferris, Erika Chase, Janet Bolin

Fradkin talked about the difference between cosy mysteries and hard-boiled mystery.

If you’re writing a cosy, she suggested:

  • no swearing
  • limited violence – could be off screen
  • sex mostly off screen
  • set in a tight community, village or club
  • write in a genteel pace

But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum you can write whatever you like.

I think my writing falls somewhere in the middle. What about you?

Thanks for reading . . .

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5 thoughts on “Scene of the Crime Writers Festival: Genre Talk

  1. It was a most interesting day, the presentation about Kingston Mills Crime scene was heartbreaking , but well presented. Looking forward to net year.

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  2. I’d say there’s a spectrum and not just 2 categories, as there is in real life. To use a television analogy, it ranges from Murder She Wrote (family friendly) to Sherlock and Murdoch Mysteries (references to sensitive topics) to the CSI franchises (very violent).

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