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4-Week Online The Art of Suspense, Starts September 14, 2020
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4-Week Online The Art of Suspense, Starts September 14, 2020

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Begins Monday, September 14, 2020


Taught by award-winning novelist Ryan David Jahn (read his story "All This Distant Beauty" in The Best American Mystery Stories 2020), The Art of Suspense is a class not only for those interested in writing thrillers or suspense novels, but for any writer who wants to keep readers turning pages.

In addition to exploring the fundamentals of fiction, from dialogue and foreshadowing to plot and point of view, we will delve into how to use those tools to build suspense into our fiction, whether we’re writing an international spy novel or literary short stories.

We’ll do this by examining both shorter texts and through an in-depth exploration and discussion of how Jim Thompson builds suspense in his novel The Getaway, so we can apply the same techniques to our own fiction. Finally, each writer will have one opportunity to workshop either the first chapters of a novel-in-progress or a short story (up to 5,000 words).

The Getaway by Jim Thompson is required. Links to supplemental texts will be provided during the class.

  • Instructor: Ryan David Jahn

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Starts September 14th, 2020

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Instructor Ryan David Jahn grew up in Arizona, Texas, and California. He published his first novel, Acts of Violence, which went on to win the prestigious Crime Writers' Association John Creasey Dagger, in 2009. He has since published six others, including The Dispatcher, which was named by the Financial Times as one of the top ten crime novels of the year, The Last Tomorrow, and The Breakout. His story "All This Distant Beauty" was recently selected for inclusion in The Best American Mystery Stories for 2020. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Jessica, and two daughters, Francine and Matilda.

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