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Off Campus Writers' Workshop - OCWW

Libby Fischer Hellman: Building Suspense

  • January 14, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote


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Remote Session (OCWW may add a live session with separate registration)

Every novel or short story, no matter what genre, contains an element of suspense. It's one of the universal "drivers" of fiction. It's also important to know for non-fiction work, such as true crime or investigative journalism. Learn how to incorporate suspense into your writing in a workshop from an  award-winning suspense/crime fiction author.

Bio: Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.

Libby will be judging a Suspense Scene Contest. Please see the Manuscript and Contest Guidelines on our website for details.

We offer free student memberships at a discounted rate of $5.00 per session. You must send verification of your student status. Please contact Claudia Katz at for details.

9:00-9:30 Socializing & Registration

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