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The Second Theft: Writing a Mystery Novella
Elizabeth Read

Adelle Pitts '27

I researched Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle’s styles of writing mysteries. I discovered the defining characteristics of a novella, which is a short novel, including a three-act structure. Incorporating my research into my product, such as disguises, red herrings, and more, I wrote a 98-page fictional mystery novella about a young female detective who has to overcome her own self-doubt while also solving a second theft of the Mona Lisa in 1938 Paris. Through completing SEEK, I learned how to write a convincing mystery, practiced my writing and editing skills, and was able to manage my time better.

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