The Memoir Series: How to Build Suspense
As writers, we’re duty-bound to keep our readers turning the page. But how to do it? In this class we will look at the difference between surprise and suspense, and tools that we can employ to make our own writing more suspenseful, including “the ticking clock,” “small hooks,” and understanding the difference between positive and negative suspense. We will also review works by writers who build suspense effectively and try some of these techniques in class.
Part of GrubStreet's Memoir Series, dedicated to the craft and process of memoir writing. Classes include:
- The Memoir Series: Where to Begin
- The Memoir Series: Seeing Yourself as a Character
- The Memoir Series: Writing the Family
- The Memoir Series: Memory vs. Truth
- The Memoir Series: Details! Details! Details!
- The Memoir Series: How to Build Suspense
- The Memoir Series: The Power of Place
To learn more about instructor Alysia Abbott and her teaching style, check out the short podcast with her in our GrubStreet Instructor Interview series:
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