HOW TO WRITE A PAGE-TURNER
With Christine Wells
Learn how to pace your novel so that readers won’t want to put it down.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced writer who needs to fine-tune your technique, this 6-hour interactive workshop will help you pace your novel like a pro. From devising a compelling story question to creating micro-tension on every page, you will have the tools to keep your readers on the edge of their seats.
You will improve your writing skill-set through practical exercises and group discussions in the key areas listed below:
Create compelling story questions and hooks.
Understand that different genres require different pacing and that pacing will vary within a novel.
Techniques to slow down or speed up pace.
Leaving out the boring bits—conveying backstory, logistics and exposition without halting the story momentum.
Examine each page for conflict and tension and ratchet it higher.
Understand structure and the role it plays in pacing.
This is a craft workshop for all writers. More information on program formats and level definitions can be found here.
Christine Wells is a former corporate lawyer who gave up her career to write full-time. She was the first Australian to win the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award and she has since published 13 novels which have been translated variously into German, Dutch, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Unless otherwise stated, Queensland Writers Centre workshops and events are suitable for participants aged 16 years and over. If you are under 18 years of age, please check with us for suitability before purchasing a ticket.
Membership and concession tickets will be confirmed on arrival.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
Information on getting to the State Library of Queensland can be found here.
What can I bring into the event?
You can bring either pen and paper or a laptop along with you to write with. If you do bring a laptop, please remember to bring a power adaptor if necessary.
Will this event be livestreamed?
Queensland Writers Centre aims to provide material to its members regardless of where they reside within Queensland by livestreaming some events. Attendees may be broadcast periodically throughout the event as recording takes place. If you wish not to be filmed, let staff know prior to the event.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
You can contact us by phone on 07 3842 9922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s the refund policy?
If Queensland Writers Centre cancels an event, we will try to reschedule it for a later date. If we cannot reschedule the event, or if you are unable to attend on the amended date, your payment will be refunded in full.
Except in special circumstances, if you cancel a booking for, or are unable to attend an event, workshop, seminar, or course, Queensland Writers Centre cannot provide a refund. You can contact us to discuss your situation on 07 3842 9922 or email us at email@example.com
Terms and Conditions
All information is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make changes to the advertised program information (including course content and tutors), but if this occurs, we will try to provide as much notice as possible.
We expect that all participants will behave respectfully and professionally towards their tutor and fellow students. We reserve the right to remove anyone who behaves in an aggressive or disruptive manner. If a participant is asked to leave the class on this basis, we will not offer a refund.
We cannot accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense sustained by students as a result of an event or circumstance whether arising from natural cause, human agency or beyond our control otherwise.