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Writing Suspenseful Scenes

All Levels | Whether you’re penning a mystery, literary fiction, science fiction or romance story, suspense scenes are a major ingredient in practically every genre. New York Times bestselling thriller author Kevin O’Brien will discuss how to develop suspense through characterization, pace, description and point-of-view. A working author for over 22 years, he’ll also discuss how to market your work and the business side of publishing.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.

Instructor: Kevin O'Brien

Class Type: 1 Session

Start Date: 02/08/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Kevin O'Brien

Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O’Brien was a railroad inspector. The author of 20 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery, and is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. Press & Guide said: “If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today and writing novels, his name would be Kevin O’Brien.” Kevin’s latest nail-biter is The Betrayed Wife.

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