Margie Lawson

Dec, 2019: Lights! Camera! TENSION!


SKU: course-219 Category:

Instructor:  Sarah Hamer

Dec 1 – 21;  Fee: $60

What keeps us reading?  Is it the characters? (Maybe) Or the plot?  (Probably not)  Or the setting?  (Not!)

I believe it’s the tension.  It’s the heart-racing, surprise-around-every-corner, what’s-going-to-happen-next tension that keeps me turning that page, because tension belongs:

·        In every book

·        In every scene

·        On every page

Without it, who cares?  The whole story falls flat.

In this class, we’ll drill deep to find exactly what creates tension in a scene or a character and we’ll learn dozens of ways to make sure you’ll use Margie’s orange highlighter at all the right moments.

These include:

Tension through dialogue and subtext

Tension through goals and conflict

Tension between characters’ agendas

Tension within the characters

Tension in the pacing – too much is just as bad as too little

When we’re done, you’ll have a whole toolbox full of ways to add tension to your story – so that your reader won’t be able to put it down.

Sarah (Sally) Hamer is eternally fascinated by people and how they ‘tick’ and works hard to incorporate individual idiosyncrasies to create living, breathing characters in her many works of fiction. She writes in many genres – mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, medieval history, non-fiction – and has won awards at both local and national levels, including two Golden Heart finals.

A teacher of beginning and advanced creative fiction writing and screenwriting at Louisiana State University – S for over ten years, she also is a book coach, with many of her students and critique partners becoming successful, award-winning authors.


Sarah Hamer