The following list contains some resources for writing mysteries. It is by no means exhaustive, nor is inclusion on this list considered an endorsement by Arizona Mystery Writers – it is simply a collection of resources members have brought to our attention. (If you know of resources you’d like to see us add, please send them to me at

Online Courses:

Gotham Writers (Sisters in Crime members may be eligible for discount/reimbursement)

Writer’s Digest University

Pima Community College

From writer Kris Neri in Sedona

Universal Class

Expert Rating

Stanford Continuing Studies (This is a list of all online writing courses, as they change semester to semester)

MIT Open Courseware:

Apple iTunes Courses


Book Passage Conference – San Francisco (July)

Tony Hillerman Writers Conference – Santa Fe, New Mexico (November) (Note: There is a short story contest, winner is published in a magazine, and the Hillerman Prize for a first mystery novel set in the Southwest, winner gets publication contract.)

Mystery Writers of America University

A list of Mystery Writing Conferences all over the world

While not specific to mysteries, Pima Community College has a weekend-long writing workshop every May.


You Can Write a Mystery, Gillian Roberts (free online)

Don’t Murder Your Mystery, Chris Roeerden

Writing Mysteries, a collection of essays by mystery writers, ed. Sue Grafton

The Elements of Mystery Fiction, William G. Tapply

The Weekend Novelist Writes a Mystery, Robert J. Ray and Jack Remick

William Bernhardt has several writing books, not strictly mysteries (even though that’s what he writes), including: