ONLINE WORKSHOP: A Tension to Detail: Narrative tension to create engaging stories and captivate readers

Portrait of Kirstyn McDermott
22 August 2020 - 10:00 to 4:00 PM
Kirstyn McDermott
All fiction writers, no matter the genre in which they work, need effective narrative tension to create the type of engaging stories that readers simply cannot put down. This workshop is aimed at early/emerging writers who would like to learn how to manage tension and suspense more effectively – whether you are working on a mystery thriller or a light-hearted romance. There will also be an emphasis on short writing exercises and peer discussion during the course.

This workshop will be presented online. Detailed instructions for participation will be provided.

Included in this course:

  • 2.5 hours of information, education, industry insider advice, tricks and tips
  • An annotated reading list to provide context to your learnings
  • Writing exercises to help hone your craft and reinforce your new skills
  • 1 hour interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and skills extension
  • Personalised feedback from Kirstyn on a piece of writing up to 500 words 


Learning Outcomes

You will learn:

  • How to employ narrative tension to hook and pull readers through your story.
  • How to recognise, understand and use different types of literary suspense.
  • How to create tension through suspenseful character development.
  • How to keep the stakes high – for your characters and your readers.
  • Specific tips and techniques for creating narrative tension on the page.


Schedule for the Day:

  • 10 - 11:15am: First webinar with Kirstyn McDermott
  • 11:45am - 1pm: Second webinar with Kirstyn McDermott
  • 3 - 4pm: Interactive webinar for questions, clarifications, and more casual instructions based on your experiences
  • 500-word pieces to be sent to Kirstyn for feedback


About Kirstyn McDermott

Kirstyn McDermott has been working in the darker alleyways of speculative fiction for much of her career and her two novels, Madigan Mine and Perfections, each won the Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel. Her most recent book is Caution: Contains Small Parts, a collection of dark fiction published by Twelfth Planet Press., Kirstyn lives in Ballarat and is pursuing a creative PhD at Federation University. She can be found online at

If you’re purchasing a full price workshop at $215, consider a full price one-year membership ($75) plus member-priced workshop ($155) will cost just $230 and give you discounts on all our services plus six free copies of ‘The Victorian Writer’ magazine.


And if you have a concession card, a one-year membership ($55) plus member-concession workshop ($135) will cost you only $190.

176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone: 0390947855
Concession $ 135.00
Member $ 155.00
Non-member $ 215.00
Donation $ 0.00

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