Ashland, Or.  May 30, 2007

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Tim Wohlforth: The Art and Allure of the Mystery Short Story
Tim Wohlforth, author and Pushcart Prize nominee, will present The Art and Allure of the Mystery Short Story: A Workshop for Readers and Writers on Friday, June 15th, 6pm at Pioneer Hall across from Lithia Park. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Registration is requested as a courtesy to the sponsors.

The short story is uniquely suited to the twists and turns of the mystery. If you’ve ever dreamed about writing a mystery, now is your chance to investigate the secrets of this literary short form. You’ll get some great experience writing and reading tight, taut mystery in this hands-on workshop.

And if writing isn't in the immediate future, that's fine too. Wohforth has an amazing grasp of the craft of crime fiction -- you'll learn about the technical aspects of constructing a mystery and understand why you love to read them.

Author Tim Wohlforth has published many short stories in compilations edited by some of today’s best writers, including Harlan Coben, Otto Penzler and Jeffrey Marks. He’ll take you through character, setting, plot, voice and description with readings, discussion and a short writing exercise. If you'd like to prepare for the workshop, visit Wohlforth's website at and snack on some short stories you'll find there, or pick up Harland Coben's Death do us Part, where you can enjoy Wohlforth's short story, The Masseuse.


For those hungry for books, bring a couple of mysteries to swap with fellow mystery readers.

Tim Wohlforth's writing workshop is sponsored by the Ashland Mystery Readers Group and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

Ashland Mystery rvtv noir  airs Wednesdays at 7:30pm on cable 15 in Southern Oregon and is webcast from


For more information about mystery in Southern Oregon call Maureen Flanagan at 541-552-0743, email or visit the Ashland Mystery Readers Group website at

Video of Tim Wohlforth on the Mystery Short Story and California Noir, and a reading from
No Time To Mourn by Garth Pitman, on Ashland Mystery rvtv noir