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Liz Moore

Building Narrative Tension in Fiction

Liz Moore, photo by Maggie Casey
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Through close readings of short texts (including both literary and detective fiction), participants will learn the art of building narrative tension. Toward the end of each class, students will have the opportunity to generate and share short responses to prompts. Afterward, students will be asked to continue polishing and expanding their prompt responses on their own. During our final session, a packet consisting of one short revised prompt response from each participant will be distributed to the group for an in-class workshop. This class is suited to novelists as well as short story writers.


  • This is a mixed level workshop.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Liz Moore is the author of four novels, most recently the internationally bestselling Long Bright River. Her short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in such venues as Tin House and the New York Times. Her novels have been translated into twenty-three languages. The winner of a 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, Moore lives in Philadelphia and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Temple University.