Suspense isn’t just for thriller and mystery writers. In any genre, in all stories, suspense is key to engaging our readers and forcing their hands to turn those pages.
In this generative workshop we will explore ways suspense is created in stories. We will look at examples of how setting, point of view, character traits (especially flaws), and conflict are used to create it. We will look at ticking clocks, foreshadowing, and other techniques that writers can use to create suspense. We will also examine ways in which suspense is handled across genres. To tailored prompts, we will write. In the end, we can talk all we want about how to write suspense, but it’s in the writing that we make it happen.
The most important thing we will be doing… (See what I did there?)
About Patricia Dunn
Patricia AKA T. M. Dunn is the author of the psychological thriller, HER FATHER'S DAUGHTER (Crooked Lane Books July 18, 2023.) She is also the author of REBELS BY ACCIDENT (Sourcebooks, 2014) and LAST STOP ON THE 6 (Bordighera Press, C.U.N.Y. 2021). Dunn has served as Senior Director of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, where she holds an MFA in creative writing. She coaches aspiring and established writers and teaches creative writing workshops. She is a co-founder of Key to the Castle Workshop, the co-host of the Westport Library's podcast, "Go Ahead, Write Something," and co-chair of programming for Sisters-in-Crime CT.
She lives in Stamford, Connecticut where she is currently working on her next novel, with her rescue puppy Blanqui snuggled at her side.
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