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The ABC’s of Pageturning Fiction with Joanne Dobson (via Zoom)

April 11 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Free – $124
Joanne Dobson

If you’ve ever stayed up ‘til three with a compelling novel, you’ve probably wondered, “How do they do that?”
Join me for this four-hour intensive fiction class:

Review basic literary techniques of popular genres: for instance, Suspense (No, Susie, No! Don’t go into that eerie, bat-haunted old barn at midnight dressed only in your negligee and Christian Louboutin red-soled stillettos!) At the same time Explore developing your own voice, your unique voice: (“Call me Ishmael!” -well, that was unique in Melville’s time!)

Whether your characters inhabit the genre worlds of detection and suspense, or the everyday life of private agonies and personal satisfactions, your writing can benefit from that special “can’t-put-it down!’ magic. This will be fun!


This is a one-day version of Joanne Dobson’s popular multi-session course “Page Turning Fiction.” Class will be taught via Zoom. The Zoom link will be sent via email directly after registration. Please check your promotions/spam folder for the Zoom link. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Joanne Dobson, a former English professor at Fordham University, is the author of the Professor Karen Pelletier mystery series from Doubleday and Poisoned Pen Press. She won an Agatha nomination for Quieter Than Sleep, the first book in the series, the novels have been widely reviewed, including in the New York Times, and in 2001 the adult- readers division of the New York Library Association named her Noted Author of the Year, as the writer whose books they most enjoyed recommending to their patrons.

The Altman Persons of Color Scholarships are free and given on a first come, first served basis. Please notify us right away if your plans change and you cannot attend the class. We will then reopen the slot so another student may register. The Person of Color Scholarships and the Need Based scholarships are given to writers within the United States only. Thank you in advance for this consideration. NB: Please do not register for more than one scholarship class per month. Thank you.


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April 11
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Free – $124
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States