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Forthcoming Events

Saturday, 14 November 2020

The Suspense Event

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

The opening line of ‘Rebecca’ draws the reader into probably the most successful suspense story in modern literature. In one short sentence, Daphne Du Maurier creates a rich, evocative, and compelling picture that transports the reader into a world of information far beyond the literal meaning of her words. How does she “capture” the reader so quickly and keep them turning pages?

Join bestselling thriller-writer Rachel Abbott in a creative writing workshop, The Suspense Event, to explore some of the techniques of successful suspense writing. No matter what type of story you are telling, whether romance or thriller, suspense is an essential tool to keep your reader’s attention.

Using Rebecca as a guide, Rachel and forensic linguist Isabel Picornell will take you through the basics of building suspense into your story and describe how linguistic choices can enhance your characters and create richer, more believable and enthralling scenarios. Together, Rachel and Isabel will take you on a fascinating journey describing both the literary and linguistic techniques that weave the magic of psychological suspense and create a page turner.

Through participative workshop activities, you will have the opportunity to put into practice some of the ideas discussed.


Friday, 13th November. The Suspense Event commences at 6pm with a showing of the 1940s original and  highly acclaimed Alfred Hitchcock’s film of Rebecca.

Saturday, 14th November. The Workshop commences at 10am and will end at 4.30 pm.


Braye Beach Hotel Cinema, Alderney


£50 (including a glass of wine & canapes with the film, a light lunch on Saturday, and tea and coffee at breaks).


This is an intensive short course with limited capacity. Please bring your own writing materials. You may use a laptop if you prefer. It is important that participants should have read /refreshed their memory of Rebecca.

To reserve a place, please email

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