Pretty much all fiction runs on mystery and suspense, often both. We read stories because we want to know what’s going to happen next—will Harry marry Sally?—or because we want to know why something happened: Why did Sally refuse to marry Harry, despite her undying love for him? This workshop will place a special emphasis on mystery and suspense, derived from compelling characters involved in believable action. To this end, participants will concentrate on character, structure, pace, tension, plot, and the other elements of fiction writing that make stories and novels memorable. The basic format of the class will be a workshop in which participants submit and discuss their own writing. The workshop will also include writing exercises (these help isolate elements of good fiction writing, such as point of view, characterization, and so on), as well as a small amount of outside reading of exemplary mystery and suspense.