Building Tension and Suspense in Fiction
What’s going to happen next? How do we keep our readers feverishly turning pages? In this workshop we will explore the elements of tension and suspense, considering strategies for creating and heightening anticipation in your readers. We will analyze passages from published works to examine how components such as pacing, expectations, obstacles, and emotions can build—or reduce—tension. Participants will also engage in several activities which are designed to allow them to apply components of suspense and tension to their own writing.