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Newport: Finding the Mystery at the Heart of Your Novel with Emmeline Duncan

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Willamette Writers Coast Chapter presents

Finding the Mystery at the Heart of Your Novel with Emmeline Duncan

This meeting is in-person only

PLACE: Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye St, Newport, OR 97365

Every book is a mystery, but not every novel is a whodunit. What can you learn from analyzing a traditional mystery to add depth to your story, regardless of genre? Find out at the Willamette Writers Coast Chapter February 17 meeting at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Newport Public Library.

Presenter Emmeline Duncan will show you how studying the building blocks of a classic mystery, from clues to red herrings and authentic villains to flawed sleuths, will help you improve the plot of every work-in-progress.

Everyone, from novelists and short story writers to memoirists, will benefit from this presentation. This program is co-hosted by the Newport Public Library.

About Emmeline Duncan

Emmeline Duncan is based in Portland, Oregon. Her novels include the Ground Rules Mystery series, Fresh Brewed Murder, Double Shot Death, Flat White Fatality, and Death Unfiltered. She’s also the author of Chaos at the Lazy Bones Bookshop, which will be published in July 2024.

Emmeline also writes for teens as Kelly Garrett. Her debut YA Novel, The Last to Die, was an Oregon Book Awards finalist. She received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Emmeline/Kelly is a board member of the Columbia River Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and a past board member of the Northwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. She co-organizes Friends of Mystery’s Bloody Thursday lecture series. She’s a member of Willamette Writers and SCBWI.

When not writing, she spends her time seeking out new coffee shops and hiking trails to explore, frequently accompanied by her Great Pyrenees sidekick. You can track her online at



About Your Chapter Meeting

The WW Coast Chapter hosts presentations, a mix of in-person and virtual events, from September through June. Willamette Writers, the parent organization of the Coast Chapter, is the largest writer’s association in Oregon and one of the largest in the nation. Willamette Writers meetings are free and open to all writers, 18 and up. Writers are welcome to make a donation to help support the cost of the meeting. To become a member of a chapter and the parent organization, join Willamette Writers at their website, https://willamettewriters.org


Willamette Writers continue to encourage mask-wearing at our in-person, indoor meetings. If you feel sick, please stay home and join us at one of our online Chapter Meetings.

Young Writers

Young writers are encouraged to join our Young Willamette Writers meetings. Sign Up! Any high school or middle-grade writers are welcome to join us. Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/hRubBf. A registration link will be sent to our email list before our next meeting.

See you there!


February 17
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Newport Public Library
35 NW Nye Street
Newport, OR 97365
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