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Workshop at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words’s LitCon

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Written by Helen Power

Helen Power is obsessed with ghosts. She spends her free time watching paranormal investigation TV shows, going on ghost walks, and telling anyone who’ll listen about her paranormal experiences. She is also an academic librarian living in Saskatoon, Canada and has several short story publications, including ones in Suspense Magazine and Dark Helix Press’s Canada 150 anthology, Futuristic Canada. The Ghosts of Thorwald Place is her first novel.

March 4, 2023

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to present at the Saskatchewan Festival of Words’s LitCon this year! Join us on March 18th for a day full of free sessions and workshops in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan.

My session is at 2:15 PM – “The Science behind the Supernatural: Incorporating Paranormal Elements into your Mystery/Thriller”. Register online to secure your spot!

The Science behind the Supernatural: Incorporating Paranormal Elements into your Mystery/Thriller

Many books require a suspension of disbelief, especially when they involve the paranormal. But readers of mysteries and thrillers expect a certain level of consistency and foreshadowing in order for a plot twist to be palatable. Without this, a twist feels cheap, and the reader is left unsatisfied. This is true not just for the whodunit portion of a book, but also for any supernatural elements, regardless of how critical these elements are to the story. This session will cover how to build the “science” of your own paranormal world, so that the setting and its “magic” is presented in a way that is not only compelling, but believable, consistent, and logical. The presenter will combine elements of worldbuilding and mystery plotting and discuss how to create realistic twists in a fantastical setting.

2 Comments

  1. jacqueline nielson

    Congratulations!

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    • Helen Power

      Thank you!

      Reply

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