Suspense, defined as "a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen," is the engine that drives all fiction. From fairy tales (will Cinderella make it home from the ball?) to ancient classics (will Penelope remain faithful to Odysseus?) no story exists without its question, its narrative thrust.
But why? Why do we care, why do we have a drive to know what happens? After all, by definition the characters in fiction, like the story, aren't real, and what happens to them doesn't actually matter.
And how? What are the tools writers use to create suspense, to keep up us late into the night concerned about characters who aren't real?
This session will explore some of these questions. We'll look at what suspense is, how it works, and how a writer can build it in various ways. We'll discuss examples and attendees will have time to ask questions
A recording will be sent out the next business day for those unable to attend live - or for those who want to watch again!