"And then what happened?" - The essential element of storytelling.

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“And then what happened?”

The unanswered question, the need to find out what happens next, the desire for closure — these are the essential elements of storytelling. It’s odd then that suspense has taken on a genre connotation when it is the engine that drives almost all works of fiction (and many works of nonfiction).

In this class, we will focus each day on a different technique associated with suspense fiction: character, structure, pace, tension, and plot. We will learn how these same techniques can be applied to just about any writing project. Bring in a story you are currently working or utilize the class to map out something new. The goal of this course is to provide you with tools you can use to tell better stories.

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Instructor: Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels, including The Poacher’s Son, which won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award for Best First Novel, and the Maine Literary Award for “Best Fiction of 2010.” PopMatters named it to its Best Fiction of 2010 list.