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Mastering Narrative Time and Pace



Lee Kofman




Pace in fictional and non-fictional narratives signifies the passage of time as well as the energy of the narrative voice. In this workshop we’ll explore how to make both of these elements – time and energy – work in our stories, injecting them with vitality and tension, so that readers will keep turning the pages with anticipation. This workshop will offer various tools to keep our work moving at the right pace through a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises.
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You can find details of how Covid-19 restrictions will affect the workshop here: https://writersvictoria.org.au/about-us/covid-19-information/. You are encouraged to wear a mask in the workshop space. The Wheeler Centre’s policy is that close contacts should not attend the building. If you are a close contact of somebody with Covid-19, or have Covid-19 symptoms yourself, please do not attend; please contact [email protected] to arrange a refund in this situation.

You Will Learn:

  • about different effects of different narrative paces
  • strategies to vary pace
  • how to increase narrative tension via writing time
  • how to effectively manage transitions in time
  • strategies to inject energy into narrative

About the Tutor:

Lee Kofman is the author of six books, including Imperfect (2019, Affirm Press), which was shortlisted for Nib Literary Award 2019, and The Dangerous Bride (2014, MUP); editor of Split (Ventura, 2019), which was longlisted for ABIA Awards 2020, and co-editor of Rebellious Daughters (Ventura, 2016). Her short works have been widely published and her blog was a finalist for Best Australian Blogs 2014. Her most recent book is The Writer Laid Bare (Ventura, 2022).

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Members of Writers Victoria receive up to 37% off the full price of our workshops, seminars and courses. In addition, members have access to a range of other discounts and opportunities and receive a subscription to 'The Victorian Writer' magazine. Memberships start from just $50. Find out more about becoming a member here.

Book early to access our early bird prices! These expire 9 days before the course begins. Please keep in mind that our workshops require a minimum number of participants to run, so booking early also helps ensure that a workshop will go ahead. 

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176 Little Lonsdale Street
3000 Australia


Phone: (03) 9917 8463
Email: [email protected]

Registration for this event ended on 05 May 2023 - 4:00
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