Using Suspense in Writing,
with Dale T. Phillips

Saturday, May 15, 2021

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, MA

please note that due to covid-19, this program may be subject to change And May be online.

In this workshop, you will learn about the broad scope of fiction uses for suspense and the different types. We will start with learning the point of suspense and why it’s critical for a story. We will then move on to the basic elements, how to create the building blocks involved in creating a good framework for the book. Using great examples, we will examine how suspense pulls the reader into the story and keeps them there. We will also go through putting it all together: developing suspense from start to finish, creating a plan for completing a good book, and then going beyond to developing suspense for a series. Attendees will receive a list of resources and get a plan for improving their methods of making stories more suspenseful.

Dale Phillips has published novels, story collections, non-fiction, and over 70 short stories. Stephen King was Dale’s college writing teacher, and since that time, Dale has found time to appear on stage, television, in an independent feature film, and compete on Jeopardy (losing in a spectacular fashion). He co-wrote and acted in a short political satire film. He’s traveled to all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, and through Europe.