Suspense and Momentum: Sustaining Narrative Interest
How do you captivate a reader from beginning to end, from the first word to the last? In this class, we’ll explore techniques to make your stories unputdownable, whether you’re writing literary or genre fiction. We’ll discuss how to handle stakes, pacing, and withholding information; how to create surprise and escalate tension; and how to write propulsive language. We’ll break down examples from short stories and novels to see exactly how they work. In addition, we’ll practice what we’ve learned with a couple of in-class writing exercises. Open to writers of all levels and genres.
SARAH JANE CODY holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She was named a finalist for Pleiades’s 2018 G.B. Crump Prize in Experimental Fiction. Her fiction has appeared recently in Necessary Fiction and is forthcoming in Pembroke Magazine. She’s currently at work on a short story collection. On the side, she sings and produces dark synthpop.
WHEN: Saturday, November 10 (1-4pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA