In my upcoming workshop, we’ll discuss how to convert time and place into atmosphere.

Time and place should reflect the culture, language, habits, standards, values, shared beliefs, customs, food, mores, pace of life, and so on—and most importantly, what your sleuth thinks of the setting.

From cozies (typically a small town with a sweet and decent feel) to noir (dark and gritty, with a veneer of danger), each subgenre of crime fiction comes with a set of reader expectations when it comes to setting.

We’ll also consider how your characters’ behavior and personalities can drive decisions about your settings and how to use place to add intrigue and suspense.

I’ll provide plenty of examples so that you leave the webinar with actionable ideas you can put to work immediately in your own writing.

A live Q & A session follows the main presentation!

Just fill out the form below to reserve your virtual seat.

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Set the Stage:
Using Setting to Add
Intrigue and Suspense

How does your setting contribute to the reader experience?

Time is more than an era and place is more than a physical location. Learn how to maximize the impact of your setting (and meet reader expectations) in my upcoming FREE webinar!

Text Description: Please Join me at my FREE online workshop: "Set the Stage: Using Setting to Add Intrigue and Suspense" March 11 2023 @ 1 p.m. Eastern

Join me at my FREE virtual discussion:

Saturday, March 11th
1 p.m. Eastern Time

Reserve your spot at this FREE virtual workshop. I’ll send you the access details shortly before the event!

Jane K Cleland is the author of the Agatha Award-winning Mastering Plot Twists and Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot, from Writer’s Digest Books, now Penguin Putnam Random House, and the multiple award-winning and IMBA-bestselling Josie Prescott Antiques mysteries, from St. Martin’s Minotaur. Her short fiction has been published by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

She is also a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest magazine and the chair of the Black Orchid Novella Award sponsored by the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

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