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Criminal Minds: How to Craft Compelling Psychological Suspense with Alison Gaylin


3 Sessions

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Friday - Sunday 2:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT October 22 to October 24, 2021

Online via Zoom

Some of the most evocative, page-turning and best-selling crime fiction in the past few years has been psychological suspense — that subsection of the genre in which the real horror and threat arises, not from some unseen outside force, but from within the home and the mind of the protagonist. This course will examine all the elements of successful psychological suspense: a compelling and original (if not always reliable) narrator, complicated (or flawed) realistic characters and relationships, effective pacing, and visceral description.

Levels: Intermediate, Advanced
Capacity: 20


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    Alison Gaylin

    Alison Gaylin

    USA Today and international bestselling author Alison Gaylin has won the Edgar, and Shamus awards. Her work has been published in the US, UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Romania and Denmark, and she has been nominated for the Macavity, Anthony, ITW Thriller and Strand Book Award. In addition to her novels, she has published numerous short stories and collaborated with Megan Abbott on the graphic novel Normandy Gold (Titan/Hard Case Crime, 2018). Her twelfth book, The Collective, will be out from William Morrow on November 2nd.