RWA OWL: Create Page-Turning Tension:


How to hook and retain readers by exploiting uncertainty

Have you been told your character isn’t engaging or that special something is missing from your story?

The Create Page-Turning Tension workshop is for fiction writers who want to hook readers and compel them to keep turning pages all the way to the end.

Uncertainty is the ultimate weapon against readers abandoning your story, because it exploits their innate curiosity. Learn what readers need from you to fully commit to a story, so you can squeeze every bit of emotional angst from your characters. 

You’ll be writing angst-ridden tension in no time!

This workshop will give you the skills to:

  • Know how to build tension to enhance conflict, pace and character development.

  • When to release information for the maximum effect.

  • Develop hooks, from killer openings to cliff-hanger endings. 

  • Appreciate the role of emotions in creating tension.

  • Identify opportunities to increase uncertainty. 

What people are saying about Sandy’s workshops:

"Helpful, practical and inspirational, Sandy's workshop took my writing to the next level."

"I loved Sandy's dedication to giving the best feedback possible. It's made a huge difference to me already."

“The workshop was well structured, with information provided at an appropriate pace to enable participants to absorb it and apply it to their own work."

​“I liked the friendly nature of the learning experience.”

Pre-course preparation

This workshop is suited to aspiring writers, assuming basic English skills.

Course Type


Hours of Commitment

1-2 hours per week, plus chats.

Presenters Bio

Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. She writes romantic-suspense for Simon & Schuster US and empowers modern writers to produce commercial quality fiction.

Sandy is an experienced course presenter with a decade of experience in the industry. She prides herself on providing a nurturing learning environment that enables participants to truly absorb the material and apply it to their own work.

In her spare time, Sandy composes procedures for high-risk industrial processes, judges competitions, runs The Fearless Novelist Facebook group, and offers coaching and critiquing services. 

Also connect with Sandy on Facebook and Twitter


Course Dates: 6th July to 31st July 2020

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:
Debbie Deasey
OWL Registrar