Fri, 8/3, 7-9p, Cleveland Public Library, Learning Commons, 2nd Floor, Stokes Wing, 525 Superior Ave. Cleve. 44115
In this workshop, themed around the art of suspense and momentum, we will discuss techniques that will make your reader lean forward instead of back. We will cover a range of subjects — structural designs, set-piece moments, withholding information, backstory, the balance of emotional and physical beats, and more — and any lecturing will be rounded out by discussion and exercises. The workshop will focus on fiction, but it should be equally helpful and relevant to nonfiction writers and screenwriters.
Benjamin Percy is the author of four novels, The Dark Net(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), The Dead Lands (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding(Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006). His craft book — Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction — was published by Graywolf Press in 2016.
He is also a comic book author, and has published work inEsquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Tin House. His is the recipient of awards from National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.