October 26-28, 2018 | Pasadena, CA

Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot

The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night, from memoirs to thrillers and from stage plays to screenplays, are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating plot twists, plot reversals, and moments of heightened danger (TRDs) at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their I-can’t-wait-to-see-what-happens-next unpredictability. When your plot twists come at the right moments, your pace will be quicker and the action more focused, and these are the nuanced, multifaceted books that sell, and that find a devoted readership. Participants leave with a fully develop plotting plan using Jane’s Plotting Roadmap.
Register for Jane’s Thursday session as a standalone ticket for $199, or add it to your conference registration for just $149. The important thing is simply that you register. Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot will sell out.



About Jane K. Cleland 

Jane K. Cleland’s multiple award-winning and IMBA best selling Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series [St. Martin’s Minotaur] has been reviewed as an Antiques Roadshow for mystery fans. Library Journal named Consigned to 

Death a “core title” for librarians looking to build a cozy collection, one of only 22 titles listed, along with books by Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers. The full article is at www.libraryjournal.com. “Josie” stories have also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Jane chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s literary awards, granted in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a past chapter president of the Mystery Writers of America/New York Chapter and served on the national board as well. Additionally, Jane is the host of the Writer’s Room, a series of interviews with today’s bestselling crime fiction authors that appear on cable television and online.

Jane’s book on the craft of writing, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot [Writer’s Digest Books] helps authors create gripping stories readers can’t put down. Louise Penny says, “Brilliant! A gold mine of information.” Hank Philippi Ryan says, “Unputdownably indispensable! For newbie authors and veterans alike, this terrific how-to is your new go-to. Don’t write your book without it—it’s a treasure.”

 Jane has both an MFA (in professional and creative writing) and an MBA (in marketing and management). She’s on the faculty of Lehman College, part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She also mentors MFA students in Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Creative & Professional Writing program and is a frequent guest author at other university programs.

More information is available at www.janecleland.com.