Haunting the Mansion: Building Suspense through Setting, Description and Character Development
In this workshop with renowned author Katie Winkler, you’ll learn how to build suspense through setting, description and character development. Think Spanish moss hanging from live oaks, broken windows, creaking doors, light footsteps on the stairs, shadowy figures lurking in narrow hallways, whispers in the dark. Where, how and who inhabits your fiction is essential to capturing your reader and building suspense. Come join us as we hone descriptive and character building skills that can chill your reader to the bone.
Participants will complete writing exercises to produce short fictional pieces, then apply revision and editing tactics to improve the writing. Students will have an opportunity to share …their work at a dinner following the workshop if desired. The cost of the workshop is just $60 for members; $90 for non-members.
Katie Winkler’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, most recently featured in the anthology Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South. Other credits include Saturday Evening Post, Sci Phi Journal, Mirror Dance, Phoenix Photo & Fiction, Mulberry Fork Review, Punchnel’s, Fabula Argentea, A&U Magazine, and Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, among others. In addition, she maintains a successful blog called Hey, Mrs. Winkler: Musings and Mutterings about Higher Education in the South. Also a playwright, she is an active member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the North Carolina Writers Network (NCWN), serving as Henderson County co-representative for NCWN-West. When she is not spending time with her husband and daughter, writing or reading, she teaches English composition and British literature at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Katie’s workshop is part of a series of creative events leading up to Tryon Arts & Crafts School’s National Ghost Story Writing Competition, The Apparitionist, which ends on Sept. 1, with winning stories read at TACS on the evening of October 31. https://
Students will to bring something to write with and on – laptop, ipad, pen and paper, etc.