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Published on April 18, 2017 2:40PM


From Sherlock Holmes to Sam Spade to Marvel’s Jessica Jones, the list of famous detectives is endless.

And on Saturday, April 29, in Manzanita, author and publisher Matt Love will teach a workshop aimed at exploring the role of detecting and investigating in memoir and fiction.

Geared toward writers of nonfiction and fiction alike, “Finding the Detective Within” will look at how to create compelling protagonists that can reveal some shadow or desire of their creator’s psyche.

“I think this workshop can appeal to both types of writers,” said Love, “and I also believe it’s a good idea to mix in the genres every now and then. I know I find it a very useful thing to do in my own writing.”

The workshop will include a questionnaire to build a detective, a deduction exercise using physical clues brought by the participants, short readings of real-life mysteries that inspire fictional or personal reflection, and a series of noir prompts that a writer of memoir or fiction can take anywhere they want.

Love is the publisher of Nestucca Spit Press and the author or editor of 17 books about Oregon, including the detective novel “The Great Birthright.”

The workshop will run from 10 am to 1 pm in a private Manzanita home. Just 12 spots are available at $65 apiece. Some scholarships are available. To register, email nestuccaspitpress@gmail.com.



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