Suspense and Momentum: Sustaining Narrative Interest (with Sarah Jane Cody)
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 number of in-class writing exercises. Open to writers of all levels and genres.
About the Instructor:
SARAH JANE CODY's fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Washington Square Review, Pembroke Magazine, No Tokens, and Necessary Fiction. She was a finalist for Pleiades’s 2018 G.B. Crump Prize in Experimental Fiction. She is a reader for Pigeon Pages and has previously been a reader for BOMB Magazine. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and an alumnus of Tin House’s Summer Workshop. She is currently at work on a novel and a collection of short stories. Find her online at www.sarahjanecody.com
WHEN: Saturday, December 7 (10am - 5pm)
WHERE: Commons Coworking, Williamsburg MA