• AUGUST 17-20, 2023


Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot: 13 Tactics to Create a Page-Turner in Any Genre

All novels, regardless of genre, need a well-structured and engaging plot or storyline laden with suspense to keep readers turning the pages. By integrating these 13 thinking, writing, and revising tips into your writing process, you’ll write tighter, more polished novels. You’ll improve your story’s pace; create surprising, compelling characters; choose a setting that adds intrigue; write evocative prose; and develop a fresh, suspenseful plot. This workshop incorporates lecturettes, exercises, self-assessments, debriefings, and group discussions—attendees don’t simply learn what to do; they learn how to do it—and they practice putting the tactics to work. 

You will learn these specific, actionable thinking, writing, and revising tools, tactics, and techniques. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

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Note: Attendees at all levels, writing in any genre, will benefit from exercises and debriefing discussions throughout the day.

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Jane K. Cleland writes both fiction and nonfiction, including the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (St. Martin’s & Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine) and the Agatha-award winning bestsellers, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot and Mastering Plot Twists (Writer’s Digest Books). Jane Austen’s Lost Letters is the 14th entry in her series. She is a member of the full-time faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest magazine, and the chair of the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a frequent workshop leader and guest author at writing conferences, association meetings, and MFA Residencies. Also, Jane offers free monthly virtual workshops on the craft and business of writing, and Mystery Masterminds, a series of small group virtual workshops. More details are available at www.janecleland.com. https://www.facebook.com/janeclelandbooks

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