Create Puzzles, Get Published

Cassie Brenn, Creative Person

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7 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Project introduction

    • 3. Research

    • 4. Themes and Rewards

    • 5. Puzzle Mechanics

    • 6. Put the Polish on your Puzzle

    • 7. Conclusion


Project Description

Create an Original Puzzle mock-up


Create a one page original puzzle mock-up to send to an editor as part of a submission letter.  your puzzle mock-up will include a sketch of the puzzle, instructions on how to solve the puzzle and the answer key.  It can be hand drawn on a single 8.5 x 11" sheet of paper or created digitally.

Here's an example of a mock-up from one of my original puzzles:



Share your work in progess for feedback from me and your classmates.   Here are suggested things to add to your project board as you progress through the class.

  • your market research
  • your target magazine and audience
  • puzzle ideas - mechanics, themes, and rewards
  • a draft of your puzzle instructions
  • your final puzzle mock up

Share your success when you make your first sale!

Suggested Reading List: (not required)

Children's Writer's Word Book by Alijandra Mogilner and Tayopa Mogilner

Puzzle Craft by Mike Selinker and Thomas Snyder

The Compleat Cruciverbalist by Stan Kurzban and Mel Rosen (out of print)

How to Make and Sell Original Crosswords and Other Puzzles by William Sunners (out of print)

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