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In this workshop on the art of suspense and momentum, we will discuss techniques to make your reader lean forward instead of back. We will cover a range of subjects – structural designs, set-piece moments, withholding information, backstory, the balance of emotional and physical beats, and more – and any lecturing will be rounded out by discussion and exercises. The workshop will focus on fiction, but it should be equally relevant to nonfiction writers and screenwriters.
Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, most recently The Dead Lands, a post apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.