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RWA OWL: Killer Conflict

“That’s not a knife … this is a knife.”
Conflict. It’s all fun and games until the other guy brings out a bigger, shinier knife than you, right?
In this four-week course, Lauren Clarke will teach you the ins and outs of conflict so you can have a novel packed with killer tension. 

Expect to get excited about:

  • The definition of conflict—from what it is to what it is not
  • The best places to locate conflict within your story
  • How to direct conflict into your dialogue
  • How to use conflict to drive your plot forward
  • When there’s just too much conflict to keep your reader engagement level simmering

And much, much more.

Lessons will be disseminated once a week in the form of a downloadable PDF plus some video files. Feedback will be offered by the presenter on the Moodle forum or via private email if participants prefer.

One hour per week is the recommended time commitment for participants to benefit from this course. 

Pre-course Preparation

Participants must have an idea for a manuscript that they are bringing to this course, ideally one still in the formative stages so they can apply the skills learned to it. However, this will work for a writer at any stage in their writing process.

Presenters Bio

Lauren Clarke is an editor of fact and fiction, specialising in the romance genre. With more than fifteen years experience in the publishing industry, she is passionate about helping writers to create their perfect story. 

Lauren works in development, line and copy editing, helping you to finesse your story arc by eliminating plot holes, strengthening your characters and ensuring your pacing keeps readers turning the page. She hosts workshops and masterclasses on different aspects of the writing process and is also available for mentoring and online coaching.

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Course Dates: 4th November to 1st December 2019

Cost: RWA-Member – $55.00 Non RWA-Member – $88.00
* Please note, there is a $0.50 Trybooking fee at checkout.

Venue: Online - RWA Moodle Platform
(Course attendees will be notified of access/login details via email from the OWL Registrar a few days prior to the start date of the course)

RWA OWL Courses
PO Box Q740
Queen Victoria Building
NSW 1230
Contact Details:
Tania Lee
OWL Registrar