Conflict and tension: essential elements of ‘page-turning’ fiction

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A portrait of Angela Meyer
12 October 2019 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Angela Meyer
Early, Emerging
You’ve heard that conflict moves the story forward. But why, exactly? And how do you generate conflict that reads as authentic, that is right for your story and characters? This workshop unpacks the idea of conflict in fiction, and the ways the obstacles you place in a character’s way (externally, and also from within) create tension, and maintain the reader’s investment in the story. It will encourage you to go deeper into characters’ motivations, and the themes working at the heart of a story, to understand what a that story’s conflict should look like, and how it should arise, and resolve.

You will learn:

  • What conflict in fiction means, and why it is essential
  • How narrative tension is created and maintained
  • How to write more well-rounded characters through engaging with the concepts of conflict and tension
  • How narrative pacing relates to conflict and tension
  • How to keep the reader turning pages.


About Angela

Angela Meyer’s debut novel is A Superior Spectre (Peter Bishop Books/Ventura (2018) and Saraband (UK, 2019). Her writing has been widely published, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, The Australian, The Lifted Brow and Killings. She has worked in bookstores, as a book reviewer, in a whisky bar, and for the past few years has published a range of Australian authors for Echo Publishing, including award-winners and an international number one bestseller. Find her at @literaryminded /

Event registration fee
Concession member $ 135.00
Member $ 145.00
Non-member $ 195.00

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