Some writers think suspense applies solely to thrillers, as a means of ratcheting up tension and the threat of violence.
It can certainly be used in this way. But the truth is that the principles of suspense enrich all forms of storytelling, and can be applied in numerous forms, both extreme and subtle.
Suspense is about manipulating information within narratives – revealing and withholding it.
As well as creating unforgettable scenes and sequences, it can make books 'unputdownable', or keep people on the edge of their seats throughout a film or entire TV series.
In fact many TV shows, like BREAKING BAD, MAD MEN, DEXTER and HANNIBAL wouldn’t have worked at all if they hadn’t incorporated the principles of long-term suspense.
Suspense isn’t a static concept; it’s constantly evolving.
This workshop examines the numerous and changing techniques of suspense as they apply to many genres, and to films, TV series, and novels.
The workshop will:
Florida State University
99 Great Russell St
London WC1B 3LH
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DATE AND TIME
Sunday 15 April
Registration - 10.15
10.30am - 5.30pm
EARLY BIRD PRICE
*BOOK BEFORE APRIL 5
£85 (concessions £75)
£99 (concessions £89)
Concessions available to members of WGGB, WFTV, Society of Authors, BECTU, Directors UK and Newman House