Craft on Draft is a reading series devoted to great fiction—and the mechanics behind it. Three authors read and discuss their work, plus that of one lucky audience member. So grab a drink, a page of your own writing, and come craft your own draft.


Suspense: Crafting the Page-Turner

Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Doors 6:30 / Reading 7 p.m.
Trident Booksellers, Boston, MA


“What happens next?” From genre to literary fiction, that’s the question that keeps readers turning pages. Come hear Kelly Ford (Cottonmouths), Stephanie Gayle (Idyll Fears), and Crystal King (Feast of Sorrow) discuss how they use suspense to hook their readers.

Want in on the action? Submit a page of your own suspenseful fiction. One lucky winner will have their entry read and discussed by the authors, receive a GrubStreet pint glass + drink, and have their piece and an interview published on the Dead Darlings blog. Email submissions (max 250 words) to info@craftondraft.org by Sept 26.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here



Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, which Lambda Literary calls “a tale of resentment, venomous betrayal, and the wounds hidden beneath familiar surfaces.” Kelly is an instructor for GrubStreet Writing Center, and her fiction has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine. She is Arkansas-bred and Boston-based.




Stephanie Gayle is the author of My Summer of Southern Discomfort, Idyll Threats, and the newly released Idyll Fears. Idyll Fears has been called “a gripping read, a ticking-clock thriller populated with nuanced characters and anchored in convincing police work.” Stephanie’s short fiction has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Arlington, MA and works at the MIT Media Lab doing basic math for professors too smart to do basic math.




Crystal King is the author of Feast of Sorrow, which Epicurious calls “an upstairs/downstairs drama meets food porn meets historical fiction.” Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language, and culture of Italy. In between her social media/marketing day job, she has taught writing and social media at GrubStreet and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University.


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