Description of Class
What’s going to happen next? How do we keep our readers feverishly turning pages?
In this workshop, Susanna Calkins will help writers explore the elements of tension and suspense, considering strategies for creating and heightening anticipation in your readers.
You will analyze passages from published authors, including Jeanne DuPrau, James Dashner, and Gillian Flynn, to examine how components such as pacing, expectations, obstacles, and emotions can build—or reduce—tension. Participants will also engage in several writing activities which will help them apply components of suspense and tension to their own writing. Students will share their in-class writing and receive appreciative, positive feedback on their work.
Suitable for writers of all fiction genres.Top