Thickening The Plot: On Creating Tension And Suspense In Fiction Featuring Writer-In-Residence Lindsay Starck

August 2-5

 Credit:Victoria McHugh Photography

Credit:Victoria McHugh Photography

As a reader, what makes you turn the pages? And as a writer, how can you ensure that readers are turning them, too? Moreover, how does one craft a compelling plot without sacrificing literary elements such as character, language, image, and theme?  Join fiction writer and professor Lindsay Starck (author of Noah’s Wife) for a three-day retreat focused on posing narrative questions, raising the stakes for your characters, and ultimately making your fiction even more engaging for your readers.

Special features of this writing retreat include:

  • Guest visit from Eric Rasmussen, writer and editor of Barstow & Grand
  • A reading from Lindsay's latest work
  • A craft talk on finding the right agent
  • A  free reading for friends

Writer-in-Residence Biography

Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library. She earned her MFA from Notre Dame and her PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her first novel, Noah’s Wife, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2016. She lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches writing and co-directs the MFA Program at Augsburg University.

Click here to learn more about her work.

Retreat Cost: 290.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

Retreat Cost and Dual Occupancy On-site Lodging (shared bath): 440.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals by Forage/drinks courtesy of The Brewing Projekt, complimentary copies of Barstow & Grand and Wisconsin People & Ideas)

Application Fee: 12.00 

Writing Sample Length: 10 double-spaced pages (maximum)

Deadline: May 1