Creating Suspense in Storytelling with Julie Myerson and Jonathan Myerson


A Weekend Course on High Tension Narratives:

The Less You Know, The Better The Story

Taught by Julie and Jonathan Myerson

A two-day creative writing workshop held at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, 25th and 26th October 2013

Suspense in literature and film is the key ingredient that keeps readers reading and viewers watching.But how do writers create suspense?  How do they hook their audience and keep them hooked?

We’ve all read novels that made us jump out of our skin and we’ve all felt that creeping sense of dread which means we don’t really want to turn the page….even though we have to! We’ve all sat glued to the cinema screen, not wanting to watch but unable not to watch. The power of words (and all movies start as words on a page too) to invoke the suspenseful and the sinister can be extraordinary, but just how do authors generate these moments?

The Writers’ Academy from Random House, in association with Hammer Books and Films, is holding a creative writing workshop to teach the techniques that will allow writers to find those high-anxiety moments.  Over the course of two days, participants will look at the key structural essentials and tricks of the trade and, through a series of examples and exercises, they will learn how to generate suspense, tension and anxiety for readers or audiences.  Although writing requires planning, it also requires the writer to not know, and to understand how to share that unknowingness with the reader: the less you know, the better the story.

DARK IMAGININGS: CREATING SUSPENSE IN STORYTELLING will be taught by Julie Myerson, bestselling novelist and author of The Quickening and Something Might Happen, and Jonathan Myerson, Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Director of Creative Writing at City University London.

The course is aimed at both aspiring novelists and screenwriters, in any genre.  The exercises within the classes will develop into a piece of writing over the course of the two days. Up-to-date market information will also be highlighted, and advice given on the best next steps to progressing a screenplay or publishing a novel.

The course is being held in association with Hammer books and films.  The course will be held at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh, a former asylum.

Places on the course are limited to 15 and cost £375 each to include Hotel du Vin Bistro lunch and refreshments over the two days and a rewarding glass of wine!  Preferential rates at Hotel du Vin Edinburgh are offered for the dates of the course alongside the purchase of a place. Full details can be seen at

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