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Aspen Words: How to Write a Page-Turner

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Aspen Writers' Network (AWN) Member Ticket   $40.00
Regular Ticket$95.00

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High tension is probably the No. 1 reason readers keep reading. Whether you’re writing fiction, memoir or narrative nonfiction, if you can keep your reader on the edge of his or her seat by creating and maintaining tension throughout scene after scene, that reader will stay up way too late reading your book, then tell friends to go out and buy it. In this workshop, we'll delve into the interplay of all the elements that raise tension and create conflict and explore how to craft your story to capitalize on each within scenes as well as across your entire plotline. The workshop will include short readings, craft discussion and lots of writing prompts.

*Workshop will meet in the Red Brick Conference Center (west end of building). Lunch is not included with registration, but we will break for an hour to allow time to have lunch offsite. Light snacks provided.

Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel “Point of Direction,” which Oprah Magazine named a Top 10 Book to Pick Up Now. “Point of Direction” was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a Top 10 Debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, by Yoga Journal as one of their Top Five Suggested Summer Reads, and won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Prior to earning her MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University, Rachel worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She is on faculty at Regis University’s low-residency MFA program, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she won the Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Alaska Women Speak and Fly Fishing New England.