Crafting a Page Turner with Steve Shrott

Pacing-Tension Crafting a Page Turner with Steve Shrott

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  1. Characters
  2. Structure
  3. Plotting
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Class Length
2 Weeks
Writing a book is a hard work, but writing a page-turner is even harder. Steve will teach the secrets that authors who write thrillers use to grab the reader from the opening sentence until the end. This workshop will show you,
  1. How to grab your reader from the opening paragraph
  2. The three strategies for a killer opening scene
  3. Learn the four elements of a great hook
In this two week workshop, you’ll learn how to write a novel that hooks the reader from beginning to end.

Some of the subjects we’ll cover are:
- Creating ideas that excite the reader.
- Strategies for making your main character compelling.
- What we can learn from thrillers.
- How movies can help us write books that hook.
- Case studies of top writers whose books are page-turners.
- Why you must structure your novel, and how you can do it, even if you’re a pantser like me.

So, if you want to write a book will keep your reader glued to the page, join us for the fun.
Class Format
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The forum will be available the morning (EST) of the day the workshop starts and will remain accessible to all participants thereafter. You will also be given simple instructions on how to create a PDF of all your discussions along with our privacy and data retention policy.
Start date
May 30, 2022 at 9:00 AM
End date
Jun 13, 2022 at 12:50 AM
Registration end date
Jun 2, 2022 at 12:50 AM
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Steve’s input, like his feedback, is clear, relevant with a touch of humour and sized to the requirements of the assignments and the skills of the writer.

All his assignments give me a chance to learn even if I haven't written a novel or even a half a novel. Although you do get a chance to refer to your own writing.

Even more important is that reading the assignment encouraged me to write. I knew I could accomplish something and actually completed every single exercise. (a rare occurrence)

His course “Pace & Tension” is a game changer for the certified pantster in me. I experienced first hand how a strong logline *before* writing, sparks off ideas for spicy plot points that in turn get my creative juices flowing for all the good stuff in between.
This is my second class with Steve. It won't be my last. Great class material. I'm overwhelmed with a work project and didn't get to participate in the last couple of lessons but still learned from the lectures, class interaction, and the fantastic feedback he always provides to everyone. His thorough feedback alone enhances the class experience beyond five stars. Steve is an excellent instructor and I recommend him to everyone.
Steve is positive and energetic and welcoming...a really good teacher! And I loved the readings, the examples he gave and the assignments. They boiled down the most salient features of novel writing into 6 succinct parts that will serve as a great guide for structuring novels. The only think I would suggest to improve the class to make the class the same number of lectures/assignments but spread them out a bit over 3 weeks instead of 2 weeks...or even 4 weeks. I didn't have time to do all the assignments so I missed getting the feedback which I saw for others was excellent. Also, once I got into my plot points for my own novel, I felt the urge to continue on with my own novel to devise plot points 2 and 3 for the rest of my novel, rather than using his examples, although I could see why he chose to do that. I'm sure he (being such an open person) would have given me comments on my own novel's work in progress, but I didn't have time to work up those last few assignments. But, all in all, great course....and thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.
Steve went out of his way to answer everyone's questions. Also, he helped me to understand the full value of a longline.