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Friday, May 5 • 10:30am - 11:45am
1H: Craft Compelling Prose and Increase Suspense Using Mystery and Thriller Writing Techniques FILLING
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If you’re struggling with plotting, pacing, or creating suspense, the techniques that mystery and thriller writers use can help you. Good mysteries and thrillers contain elements found in the best fiction: complex characters, deeply imagined settings, and fine prose. In this session, authors Stephanie Gayle and Emily Ross will discuss some of the skills mystery and thriller writers use to create compelling narratives, and common mistakes to avoid. They will draw on examples such as Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize winning mystery, The Sympathizer, and share lessons learned the hard way.

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Stephanie Gayle

Stephanie Gayle writes the Chief Lynch mystery series, including Idyll Threats and Idyll Fears, and is the author of My Summer of Southern Discomfort. She's twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Stephanie graduated Grub Street's Novel Incubator program and she co-founded the... Read More →
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Emily Ross

Emily Ross is the author of Half in Love with Death, a young adult novel inspired by a true crime from the 1960s. Half in Love with Death was named a finalist in the International Thriller Writers 2016 Thriller Awards. Emily received a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Whittier Room