How to Hold your readers captive 

The best books present memorable, vibrant players.  We want realized, fully inhabited players who show us their heart, warts and all.  We’re looking for the opportunity to experience a foreign consciousness.  So how do we as creative writers bring these inner-worlds of our protagonists to life for our readers to explore? 

Meet Narrative Stockholm Syndrome.  This is a technique to take full advantage of the incarceration that a reader experiences in a main character’s set of perceptions.  They are “held captive” and this tactic is a way for authors to foster camaraderie, and ultimately empathy.

Join critically acclaimed author, creative writing professor (and founder of Decant) Joshua Mohr for a 90 minute online class, where we will learn the foundational techniques of NSS and how to most effectively implement them on the page. .

This course will include the following:

  • A 90-minute interactive craft lecture: "Narrative Stockholm Syndrome" 
  • 2 Guided in-class writing prompts
  • Opportunity to share your work and get feedback from peers

As part of this class you'll also get access to Decant's private Facebook group for ongoing peer support and community building. Writing can be lonely -- when it’s just us and our C: Drives -- and we want to foster a writing community where we'll all have the necessary support to finish the next draft. 

Join Us! 

When: Saturday, October 22, 10:00 am PST

Where: Online -- all you need is a computer and a internet connection to attend!

Cost: $55.00.


JOSHUA MOHR is the author of five novels, including Damascus, which the New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.” He’s also written Fight Song and Some Things That Meant the World to Me—one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller—as well as Termite Parade, an Editors’ Choice on the New York Times Best Seller List. His novel All This Life recently won the Northern California Book Award.

In addition to his work at Decant, he teaches creative writing at Stanford University, the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Writers Grotto.