Ken Kuhlken teaches Good Guy and Bad Guy

Date: Saturday, June 4 Time: 1pm-4pm Number of sessions: 1-ONE DAY CLASS! Members: $55 Nonmembers: $64 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

This class has been cancelled by the instructor and will be rescheduled for September. To be put on the waiting list, please email

Does your Fiction have elements of Suspense and Mystery?

Ken Kuhlken teaches Good Guy and Bad Guy: Discovering Characters Who Will Write the Story for You

This workshop will consist of a discussion and crafting of characters (heroic, dastardly, and in between), who are complex but not too complicated, who intrigue us readers but don’t baffle us, who are enough like us so that we can sympathize yet unique enough to arouse our curiosity, and whose very nature makes dramatic movement inevitable.

I will make observations, field questions, and in time remaining lead a workshop session about characters participants have created or envisioned.

The course should prove valuable to fiction writers of all genres and at all levels but particularly to those writing mystery and suspense.

After borrowing time from his youthful passions, such as baseball, golf, romance, and trying to make music, to earn degrees in literature and writing from San Diego State University and the University of Iowa, Ken Kuhlken got serious (more or less).

Since then, his stories have appeared in Esquire and dozens of other magazines, and anthologies, been honorably mentioned in Best American Short Stories, and earned a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He has been a frequent contributor and a columnist for the San Diego Reader.

With Alan Russell, in Road Kill and No Cats, No Chocolate, he has chronicled the madness of book promotion tours.

Ken’s novels are Midheaven, chosen as finalist for the Ernest Hemingway Award for best first novel and the Tom Hickey California Century series:

The Loud Adios, San Diego and Tijuana, 1943 (Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First PI Novel); The Venus Deal, San Diego, Mount Shasta, and Denver, 1942; The Angel Gang, Lake Tahoe and San Diego, 1950; The Do-Re-Mi, rural Northern California, 1972 (a January Magazine best book of 2006 and finalist for the 2006 Shamus Award); The Vagabond Virgins, rural Baja California, 1979; The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1926. Visit his website:

Ken Kuhlken has just been nominated for a San Diego Book Award: Best Mystery Book for his new book, The Biggest Liar in Los Angeles!

In Writing and the Spirit, he offers a wealth of advice to writers and everyone looking for inspiration.