Editing for Suspense in Fiction, Joel Armstrong




Suspense is necessary for every fiction genre, whether your author wants to create romantic tension, lead up to the surprising endgame of a mystery, or even make a punchline of a comedic moment land just right. This session helps editors define suspense clearly, describes different types of suspense and techniques for achieving them and offers examples in distinct genres (romance, mystery, and speculative). A 15-minute workshop at the end gives editors an open space to discuss best practices for integrating suspense in a novel’s structure at the macro level.

Joel Armstrong