PERILS OF THE PLOT!
How to Write a Suspense Novel
I’ve taught classes and workshops for years, focussing on how to write suspense fiction, though I haven’t done so for a while. I’ve been too busy with my own writing, doing my best to come out with one new book per year—which in my estimation is a noble goal. But it hasn’t left time for extras.
However, I’m leaving this page open because I’d like to teach again in the future, though I don’t have any current plans to do so. If anything materializes, I’ll post it here. Meanwhile, the next Howard Moon Deer novel, Walking Rain, is on its way. “In progress,” as they say, keeping me cheerfully occupied—and believe me, to get a book finished, you need to show up for work at your desk every day!
Student Comments on Robert Westbrook Workshops
“Robert was extremely skilled at presenting the technical aspects of writing, along with anecdotes and real-life experiences about what publishers will accept. He also critiqued well, presenting positives and challenges. I would recommend [this workshop] highly and I’d try to come back! Thanks so much for a wonderful and inspiring time!”
“Robert was encouraging yet constructive, realistic yet optimistic. I felt everyone’s skills improved during the workshop specifically because of the direction he gave each writer. The caliber of instruction was exceptional, the group was supportive but honest—a terrific workshop!”
“Robert’s constructive criticism of our work was given in a way to make us feel comfortable in front of other writers. It was instructive and seemed to hit on the high spots where I needed help. His use of other published works and his experience as a writer were very insightful.”
“Mr. Westbrook has left us all with a plan to get our mystery novels written. This has been an excellent workshop . . . Robert has been wonderful. I wish the class could be longer!”
“Robert was excellent—very tuned in to the differing skill and experience levels. I researched many other workshops and particularly chose this one because of Robert Westbrook’s publishing history and because I read his books.”
“Robert was the perfect choice for this workshop. His vast experience and knowledge would be difficult to replace. He is passionate about his work and his passion is contagious . . . Robert’s style was very conducive to writing. He obviously cared about our progress.”