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AARON STANDER spent most of his adult years in the Detroit area, where he taught English and trained writing teachers. In 2000 he and his wife left college teaching positions and moved permanently to their cottage near Traverse City.


He is also the author of numerous articles, stories, poems, and reviews, and the host of Michigan Writers on the Air  on Interlochen Public Radio. When not writing or thinking about writing, Aaron spends a lot of time in his kayak.






Join Aaron stander at his

Mystery Writing Workshop

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Monday, June 20, 2016 to Thursday, June 23, 2016


Do you have an idea for a great mystery? Would you like to write a crime novel, but don’t know where to begin? Do you need some time for yourself just to work on these ideas?


Join Aaron Stander and accomplices in a four-day retreat that will allow you to consider the basics of crime writing. Explore the building blocks of the mystery and crime genre: openings and endings, scene development, point of view, narrative voice, the art of detection and police procedures.

Along the way you will have many opportunities to write and share new sketches that could become part of your first crime book. In the evenings there will be opportunities for readings, tutorials, extended workshops and other non-felonious activities.


Participants should bring laptops and be willing to share their work with other group members. While the focus will be on developing new material, there may be time to examine prior manuscripts.


Aaron Stander is an experienced teacher of writing and a crime writer. In the last decade he has produced eight crime novels, taught courses and workshops on writing and crime fiction and reviewed mysteries for He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He brings a love of writing, a love of mysteries and a great sense of fun to his teaching.