The Art of Building Suspense

Moderator: Amber Dawn

Event Number: 55
Tickets: $20.00

Youth under 30: $15.00

The Art of Building Suspense

Friday, Oct 25
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street

How do you keep the pages turning? Three experts of compelling, heart-stopping plots discuss their approach to the craft and how they create suspense. Iona Whishaw shares A Deceptive Devotion, the latest novel in the beloved and addictive Lane Winslow Mystery Series, and how she keeps delivering new mysteries and surprises. The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky returns with another modern classic, Imaginary Friend, a high-stakes horror driven by vivid characters. Rosetta Allan grounds her masterful thriller The Unreliable People in compelling, atmospheric historical details. Spanning the genres, these authors demonstrate different strategies for keeping readers hooked and provide a rare opportunity to learn from formidable specialists of twists and tension.

About the moderator:
Amber Dawn is a writer and creative facilitator living on unceded Coast Salish Territories. She is the author of four books and the editor of three anthologies, all of which are published with Arsenal Pulp Press

Event Participants:

Rosetta Allan

New Zealand

Rosetta Allan completed the Masters of Creative Writing at The University of Auckland with First Class Honours in 2017 and was awarded a Sir James Wallace Masters of Creative Writing Scholarship. Her bestseller, debut novel, Purgatory, was published in (2014). Allan was recently the first New Zealand writer in residence at the St Petersburg Art Residency in Russia. Her second novel The Unreliable People was released in May (2019) by Penguin Books. Currently, she is the Creative NZ/University of Waikato Writer in Residence.,@RosettaAllan

Appearance is made possible thanks to the support of Creative New Zealand.

Stephen Chbosky


Stephen Chbosky is the author of the multi-million-copy bestselling debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In 2012, Chbosky wrote and directed an acclaimed film adaptation of his novel, starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller. He also directed the acclaimed 2017 film Wonder starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. Imaginary Friend is Chbosky’s long-awaited second novel.

Iona Whishaw

British Columbia

Iona Whishaw was born in BC to English parents.  Her early years were spent in a tiny English community by Kootenay Lake, and her youth in Mexico and the US.  She has an MFA from UBC, has written poetry, a children’s book and short fiction prior to her Lane Winslow mystery series, which were initially inspired by her mother’s outing as a spy during the war.  She retired as an award-winning High School Principal in 2014., @ionawhishaw