Online: Turn Up the Tension

Pamela Cook

Tuesday 24 November to Monday 30 November 2020, online

Full Price: $200
Member: $140
Conc Member: $120

‘Tension on every page’ is, according to literary agent Donald Maass, the secret ingredient that keeps readers coming back for more.

In this interactive online writing workshop, you’ll learn how to hook the reader from page one and keep them turning the pages by creating tension through dialogue, body language, word choice and setting. You’ll learn which details to withhold and when, how to use backstory judiciously, and the importance of characterisation and narrative structure.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ before enrolling>>

Join Pamela Cook, author of five page-turning novels, who will use examples from contemporary fiction to discuss the key elements of writing and sustaining tension. During this one-week workshop, you’ll work through a series of exercises that will hone your skills and give you renewed enthusiasm to work on your manuscript. Regardless of genre, if you want to write a page-turner, this online workshop is for you.

Expected learning outcomes

  1. Participants will be able to identify a lack of tension in a piece of writing.
  2. Participants will understand the variety of ways tension can be increased.
  3. Participants will learn to improve the level of tension in a manuscript using various techniques.

Participant Requirements

This course is suitable for anyone working on a fiction manuscript in any genre.

Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. There are no live meetings. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

There are no specific times you need to be available for this course.

  • There will be a new lesson posted each day while the course is running (see course dates in the blue box above).
  • You can complete the lesson material in your own time.
  • There will be assignments which have deadlines. To be guaranteed tutor feedback, you will need to complete the assignments by the deadline.

We recommend allocating an hour a day to the course while it is running. By setting aside this time, you will get the most out of the course, and be able to engage with other participants and the tutor.

You can find out more about the course by reading our frequently asked questions.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Online: Turn Up the Tension


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