How can writers ensure that a reader finishes a story, book or essay? What makes a reader feel satisfied, intrigued, edified or entertained? While there are no guarantees, writers can use devices, whether they’re writing a suspense, memoir, literary fiction or essay, to keep a reader turning the page.
This class offers tips from how to pose enticing questions, to creating snappy dialogue, meaningful reflection, fascinating characters, and suspense-worthy plots filled with mystery, red herrings and twists. This is a fun class for writers on all levels.
Enjoy lectures, writing prompts and class discussion. You are welcome to submit a piece of your own work to have it workshopped in class, if you wish.
Suggested reading (not required): The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz; An Urban Goatherd by E.C. Murray (short story can be found by internet search), and any Modern Love essay from the New York Times.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Create characters whom readers are invested in, who propel the story forward
- Develop scenes which are engrossing and compelling, leaving your reader with questions they want answered
- Create suspense and red herrings in mysteries
- Learn about crucibles, sentence and scene structures which compel the reader
- Surprise, mystify or intrigue the reader
Who Might Enjoy This Class?
- Writers who would like to enhance their writing as well as anyone picking up their creative pen for the first time.
- Anyone interested in putting zest or momentum into their writing, whether it be general fiction, memoir, or essays
- Those interested in creating suspense and red herrings in their mysteries