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At Stake: Building Tension in Fiction

Saturday, February 17th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Remote (Live Zoom Meetings)
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Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
This class is full

Stories don’t need to begin with a car chase or a gun going off to draw readers in. Every chapter doesn't need to end with a cliffhanger to keep them engaged. Tension in fiction is created in a variety of ways. Through close reading and discussion, you’ll learn how to craft compelling characters, chose fresh plot lines, manipulate pacing, and highlight setting in ways that support the central conflict of your story. This class will walk you through how to move your characters closer to their goals while introducing complications that raise stakes, putting at risk what your characters want and need. In an attempt to raise reader questions while keeping them grounded in scene, you will learn to create the kind of intense curiosity that keeps readers reading!

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Lynne Griffin
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  • Craft Lessons
  • In-Class Writing
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction

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