April 19, 2017
$175 | 4 Weeks
Writing Suspense Is All About How Tight You Can Make The Rope Before You Break It And Send Your Audience Plunging. ~ Michael Regina
Many writers think “suspense” is just for certain writing genres, like murder mysteries or horror.
If you want your reader to keep turning the pages, you’ll need to inject suspense into your stories. Yes, even love stories! You want to know if the couple ends up together, right?
In this four-week writing adventure, we will look at the conflict, tension and emotion of suspense and ways to integrate all of them into your fiction and non-fiction essays, stories, novels, memoirs, or screenplays. Provided will be links to scenes and stories with suspense and a list of books and on-line resources.
By the end of the program, you’ll be channeling your inner Alfred Hitchcock.
I comment extensively on each student’s weekly writing submission. Students will see and be able to comment on each other’s work. Although not required, I encourage peer commenting because it tends to not only bring out the best in everyone’s writing but also create a tiny community of caring.
Week #1 Suspense: The Ticking Time Bomb
Week #2 Conflict: The Boxing Match
Week #3 Tension: The Peaks & Valleys (Conference Call)
Week #4 Emotion: The Rollercoaster
The Humor Is The New Black writing class I took with Giulietta Nardone was one of the best things I did this year. I had a great time during the class and took a lot away from it. I was not only exposed to the funny aspect of writing, but also a number of publication outlets. Giulietta was extremely helpful throughout the entire class. I would recommend this to program to anyone interested in learning to write with humor. - Ben Lentoni
Julie, thank you so very much for your critique and comments again, always so very helpful, wise and upbeat, no matter what you needed to tell us. You're the best. What a fun teacher you are. You have a great personality and I love your positive attitude and thinking about all things. Absolutely loved, enjoyed, and grew from your teaching, guidance and class. Cannot thank you enough, truly. You gifted us all. So grateful. A total, addictive blast. My heartfelt, warmest regards. - Joyce Holmgren
Giulietta is an inspirational, knowledgeable and fun instructor. Having taken a previous course with her, I was very excited to register for Humor is the New Black. She did not disappoint! I cannot say enough positive things about Giulietta. It has been just over a week since the class ended, and already I am having withdrawal.– Terri Morse Sorensen
I was happy with the class. Julie is fun, easygoing, and very helpful. She not only gave clear and relatable instruction on how to work humor to our writing, but also helped us figure out where to send our writing for publication (with success on my part!). Would definitely recommend the class - S. Taylor
I loved everything about this course including the length. I plan to take it again in the future. Keep us writing!!! - Dorothy Johnson
I loved this class! The lessons were fresh, current and relevant and gave me exactly what I needed to develop. Julie is an amazing teacher. She is supportive and encouraging. Her feedback was very helpful and thoughtful and helped me to see how to improve my stories. I plan to take this course again. - Kathy Blewett
I really got a LOT out of this class. I appreciated all of the resources offered; the variety was extremely helpful (she seemed to tailor information to the group, not just present a canned workshop--it was nice to get so much out of a 4-week run). There was so much information offered that it will take (me) a chunk of time to absorb it all. ... So great. (Julie's) feedback was very helpful. I hope Julie knows how much she's appreciated... and how much her organization, lessons, assignments and feedback were all appreciated. ... Sorry the response is so long. I just really felt good about the experience. - Sandra Wilson
The readings, lectures and other material were well thought out and very useful. Julie was great with feedback and detail and enthusiasm - Joan Huntsberry
I'm really glad I took the class. I found the content useful & the assignments helped me to focus in the way I needed to. I liked that Julie left the option to write whatever was burning to come out & that she customized as needed. I feel more encouraged than I ever have about my writing, and most importantly I feel like I have a clearer idea of a new focus, one that was unexpected. I would definitely recommend your classes... Linda Conrad
Julie's feedback was always very thoughtful, constructive, and encouraging. I felt her comments helped me to make certain pieces much stronger. Julie did a good job of varying the writing assignments, of building the challenge, and offered very clear and enjoyable mini lectures, as well as supplemental readings that supported and expanded on the ideas for each week. I would recommend Julie's class, and would happily take another with her. - Miriam Glassman
Julie is very supportive and gives astute, constructive criticism where necessary. And suggestions for pursuing ideas not immediately seen by us. - Mona Banuelos
I was very happy with the class content, the lessons and assignments. Very happy with the teacher. She is responsive, tailors content to the participants, and offers meaningful examples and insights.Definitely would - and have - recommended Writers.com classes to others. - Sandra Wilson
It was a blast learning and writing humor. Julie is great. Answers any questions... Goes through line by line on everyone's work ( so we can learn from everyone). She is straight and kind....funny too. - Lon Holmgren
Giulietta is an awesome instructor! I took her Humor is the New Black class this spring and loved every minute of it. She gives great examples, creates excitement for writing, researches avenues for publishing, and surrounds you with endless encouragement and suggestions. I can’t wait to take another one of her classes. – Paula Sherwin
Julie shared her time and knowledge generously. She has great insight, tact, and kindness. I appreciated her dedication to make this class a good experience for everyone. She created an environment where people felt safe. I also liked her writing prompts. I appreciated her permissiveness, encouraging all of us to write from the most authentic place, even if it felt vulnerable. - Bonnie Rose
Julie was terrific. She participated in any discussion that happened on the boards, and put a lot of thought and time into her feedback. Very useful, and always very encouraging. - Tina Siegel
I very much enjoyed the class and appreciated the feedback. The class helped me with two really important points: I now have a bit more courage to put myself out there, and it whet my appetite for writing more. These are the most treasured take aways. Julie was great and I think the group also played a big role, because everyone was very supportive and paid attention to other people's work. - Ruxandra Emilia Ionescu
Giulietta’s humor writing class helped me re-think funny and work with my own sense and style of humor. She introduced the class to a wide variety of humorous articles and this, too, helped provide me with a context for my own style. I loved the warm-up exercises, especially nail polish stories, but most of all, I appreciated Giulietta’s encouragement and generous spot-on feedback. The class is helpful for those who want to write humor and those who want to lighten-up heavier pieces. I’ve done both since taking the class. – Denise Kay Jacobs
Julie consistently provided detailed, constructive feedback and prepared excellent lectures and supporting materials. It was an excellent class... it has greatly influenced my writing style. - Shawn Montgomery
I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was very attentive and her feedback on point and helpful. The content was interesting and contributed to my understanding of humor. I was a little leery, at the beginning of the class being short (only 4 weeks) but we accomplished a lot.- Ariela L Zucker
Julie was very responsive and provided useful feedback. I especially liked the way she integrated her feedback directly into the story itself. I have found the classes to be worth the money and have enjoyed interacting with the teacher and the other students. Thank you! - Roxanne Owens
The lessons were great and the resources vast. I got what I needed from the class. - ChaChanna Simpson
Julie was great - proactive, responsive, encouraging. She promptly got back to me when I had questions and was gently encouraging. The lessons were entertaining and informative. The assignments were laid out well - sparking curiosity and creativity rather than being too prescriptive - Anna Keeling