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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.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels -- most recently, The Dark Net -- three story collections -- including Suicide Woods -- and a book of essays titled Thrill Me that is widely taught in creative writing classrooms. His sci-fi trilogy -- The Comet Cycle -- will be published in 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and has been optioned by the Russo brothers (Avengers: Endgame).
He is part of the new Dawn of X-Men at Marvel and writes both Wolverine and X-Force. He has also written for DC Comics and Dynamite Entertainment and is known for his celebrated runs on Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Nightwing, and James Bond.
His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he was a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Ploughshares, Tin House, McSweeney's, and the Paris Review.
He wrote two seasons of the audio drama -- Wolverine -- produced by Marvel and Stitcher. The first season, "Wolverine: The Long Night," was listed as one of the top 15 podcasts of the year by Apple and won the iHeartRadio Award for Best Scripted Podcast. His other honors include the Whiting Award, an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Award, the Plimpton Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories, 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, and Best American Comics.