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All Levels | Tension is one of the main driving forces of narrative—it’s the thing that keeps the reader turning the page, the addictive quality that makes people stay up past their bedtime to see what happens next. In this course, we’ll explore how tension works in relation to plot, narrative arc, character development, and pacing, looking at examples from stories like Carmen Maria Machado’s “The Husband Stitch” and essays like Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Woven.” Through in-class exercises and games, we’ll work on how to build, maintain, and finally relieve tension, whether
it’s over the course of a short scene or epic novel.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 4 SessionsFiction, Nonfiction
Start Date: 10/27/2018
End Date: 11/17/2018
Days of the Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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$235.00 General Price:
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Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas (University of Georgia Press, 2017), which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and is a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington’s Skagit Valley.