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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 is the author of Idyll Threats (Seventh Street Books), the first in the Thomas Lynch mystery series. Her debut novel, My Summer of Southern Discomfort, was chosen as one of Redbook’s Top Ten Summer Reads. Her short stories include two Pushcart Prize nominees. He... Read More →
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Emily Ross

Emily Ross is the author of the YA thriller, Half in Love with Death (Simon & Schuster/Merit Press). Half in Love with Death was named a finalist for best YA novel in the International Thriller Writers Organization’s 2016 Thriller Awards. Emily received a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in fiction and is an editor and contributor... Read More →

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