How to Outline a Cozy Mystery

Everything you need to know to create a plan to write your cozy mystery!

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Do you want to write a cozy mystery but don’t know how to get started? The How to Outline a Cozy Mystery course will show you how to create a framework so that you can begin writing your cozy.

Do you want to know the basic building blocks of a cozy mystery? Do you wonder why cozy readers devour these mysteries voraciously? Are you fuzzy on how the structure of a cozy mystery fits into the classic plot structure? Do you wonder what the “rules” are for a cozy mystery? Do you wonder where you can bend the rules?

Let successful cozy novelist Sara Rosett show you how she’s planned and written 20 mysteries.

While each book is unique, every novel is built on a framework that is as old as storytelling itself. Cozy mysteries are no different. Discover the underlying structure that keeps cozy readers coming back for more.

In the How to Outline a Cozy Mystery course you'll discover:

- The many different outlining methods you can use to build your story framework

- The essential elements of cozy mysteries

- The psychology behind why readers choose cozies

- How a cozy mystery fits into classic plot structure

- The conventions (or tropes) that cozy readers want and expect

- Tips on how to hide clues and red herrings

- Special considerations that you must take into account in a cozy, like the amateur sleuth’s motivation to investigate and handling the challenge of connecting the protagonists with suspects

- How you can bend the “rules” of mystery writing

- Secrets to planning a multi-book series

- The three things you must know about your cozy before you begin to write

- And much, much more!

Rosett’s firsthand knowledge of cozy mystery structure and what cozy readers want can help you shape your idea into a novel. Rosett’s course will save you time and give you confidence as you approach the blank page. Sign up for Rosett’s course today and you'll get an easy to understand plan to guide you through the process of outlining your mystery.

Learn how to outline a cozy and start writing with Rosett's easy-to-follow course today!

Your Instructor

Sara Rosett
Sara Rosett

USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett writes the Ellie Avery mystery series and the Murder on Location series, which are cozy mysteries of the "whodunit" variety in the tradition of Agatha Christie. Sara also writes the On The Run series, an international heist series that blends mystery, light romance, travel, and humor.

Publishers Weekly called Sara's books "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling." Her stories and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife's Soul, Georgia Magazine, The Writer, and Romantic Times Book Review.

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"I've been wanting to break into fiction, particularly cozy mysteries. But I had no idea where to start. Sara's course breaks all the elements down into manageable chunks. I highly recommend this course."

Elisabeth Daniels, author of The 5-Minute Guide to Diplomacy

"If you've always wanted to write a cozy mystery, but don't have a clue where to start, I recommend Sara's How to Outline a Cozy Mystery course. She provides the big picture to help you orient to plot structure along with the essential details you need to craft your outline. Even if you are a pantser at heart, this course will save you time and energy during the writing and editing phases because you'll know what you need for a story that works. The video lessons are concise and digestible, so you can integrate the concepts easily. If penning a cozy mystery is on your bucket list, let Sara help you get started."

Leslie Watts, Editor, Before and After Editing

"Just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I've appreciated your HOW TO OUT A COZY MYSTERY online course and workbook. Both are so well organized and provided just enough information and guidance to get me started with confidence. So many other writing primers have left me in a state of paralytic overwhelm. Yours has been a treat to dive into AND a great resource."

Jon Salem

"Even though I read a ton of cozies for pleasure and felt I had a fairly good idea of reader expectations, your lessons brought up points I hadn't considered, especially when planning a series."

Zara Keane

“Thanks for a very interesting course about outlining cozies. It helped solidify some things for me and opened up challenges in other areas.”

Charlotte Sinclaire

"I loved how the course explained, step by step, the elements of a good cozy plot, and also the little touches that cozy readers really love. It felt very comforting to know that there is an established structure for these books (rather than just creative magic!) that we can build our plots around. The idea of writing a cozy always felt intimidating to me, but it feels extremely doable to me now. And Sara is a wonderful instructor, very clear and supportive!"

Jennifer Carsen

"Sara's course is full of great information! It helped me more clearly see and understand the different elements of a cozy mystery, as well as how those elements come together to make a good story. I also loved how the organization and examples make the material so easy to understand. Thank you, Sara!"

Cate Lawley, author of the Vegan Vamp series

"I've just finished taking your online course for outlining cozy mysteries. I found it to be very helpful, both in assuring me that what I had in mind was on the right track and to also give me new ideas and insights I hadn't considered."

Erica Conroy @ PWS Podcast

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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