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Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations Workshop

$15.00
February 4 - 22, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and Peter Andrews. 
How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences.  Learn how to execute the surprises, secrets, and mysteries that keep your reader in your story until the last page.
 
Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film.

Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately.
 
Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected) Lesson 6 Planting information Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact) Lesson 8 Delving deeper Lesson 9 Working for wonder Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/.
Read more about RWA Online's workshops and format at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=1042.

About Surprises, Secrets, and Revelations Workshop

February 4 - 22, 2019.  Presented by RWA Online and Peter Andrews. 

How do you keep a reader engaged? One tool is using the desire to find out what happens next. That means predictability is the death of stories. Many people will put down a mystery as soon as they figure out whodunit. And “spoilers” that give away turns and plot points in a movie or a TV show can ruin the experience for audiences.  Learn how to execute the surprises, secrets, and mysteries that keep your reader in your story until the last page.

 

Twists in the story road add interest by shifting power, revealing intent, and taking things in unexpected directions. They may be tiny or they may be huge. Chandler suggested adding someone coming through the door with a gun when things got slow. Dickens exploited secrets, including family relationships. O. Henry made a career with surprise endings. The Sixth Sense reset the reality of the story in the final minutes of the film.

Surprises may come naturally, as when writers surprise readers because they surprise themselves. But they also can be planned, injected, shaped, and highlighted deliberately.
 

  • Lesson 1 The uses of surprise, secrets, and revelations
  • Lesson 2 Raising questions and surprising yourself
  • Lesson 3 Faking out the reader without being fake
  • Lesson 4 Mistakes to avoid
  • Lesson 5 Pacing (expected/unexpected)
  • Lesson 6 Planting information
  • Lesson 7 Revolting developments (amplifying impact)
  • Lesson 8 Delving deeper
  • Lesson 9 Working for wonder

Peter Andrews is a full-time, independent writer of speeches, articles, and blogs. He has dozens of short stories and hundreds of nonfiction articles in print. He has worked professionally in PR and as a Web producer, speechwriter, and radio producer. He teaches writing for the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Westchester Community College, the Westchester Center for the Arts, and various online venues. He belongs to the National Association of Science Writers and Romance Writers of America, and he is past president of RWA’s young adult chapter (YARWA). His How to Write Fast blog can be found at http://howtowritefast.blogspot.com/.

Read more about RWA Online's workshops and format at https://rwaonlinechapter.org/?page_id=1042.

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