Patreon Online April Writing Class: Tension, it’s more than just conflict

April 24, 2023— 8:00pm Eastern to 9:00pm Eastern

Mary Robinette teaches or hosts writing classes, once a month, for her $30 Patreon supporters. The topic rotates, depending on what folks want to know about. In April here is what we will focus on:

Readers are pulled through stories by various forms of tension. Conflict, as a relatively external form of tension, is easy to see and to teach. Other forms of tension, such as juxtaposition, doubt, twists, or unanswered questions, can pull a reader through a narrative by creating a sense of anticipation.

Structure (all times in Eastern)

  • 8:00 pm Chat for 5 minutes as people get settled.
  • 8:05 pm Begin recording
  • 8:45 ish Open the floor for questions from the chat
  • 9:00 ish Stop recording near the hour and switch to Q&A for any questions that you didn’t want to be recorded.
  • Later ish MRK will open the breakout rooms for anyone who wants to stick around for writing or social time.

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