Action and Dramatic Tension

You’ve had the rejection letters and feedback: ‘Not a lot happens; Doesn’t grip me enough; Not surprising or exciting enough to hold attention in a very competitive market; Not enough happens to sufficiently engage young readers against everything else competing for their attention; Too slow; Not keeping me turning the pages; Good opening, but then everything goes slack …’

But YOU know that your story takes your character/s on a life-changing journey, full of meaning.

This workshops guides the writer towards the tools for fixing this negative perception of your story: how to manipulate conflict and crisis, choice and dilemma, to sweep readers into and through the story, gripping with every page.

This workshop intends to:

  • Give you the confidence to explore solutions that feel right for your own vision.
  • Develop the tools to find inherent Action & and Dramatic Tension in your story, bring it to the surface and develop it.
  • Help you understand key components and techniques for creating, developing and maintaining Action and Dramatic Tension.
  • Help you understand what might be undermining it in your work as a whole, or in sections.

Suggested reading:

Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them by John Yorke


This workshop is part of our Academy Plan: Year Two July 2017 – June 2018.


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