August 22-25, 2019 | New York City

How to Write a Page-Turner: Master the Art of Tension

This exclusive pre-conference workshop kicks off the 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference weekend on Thursday, August 22nd. Seats are limited, so register today!

Tension in novels, stories, and even memoirs is like the connective tissue that allows muscles to attach to bones, and thus flex their might. It’s the heart of conflict, the backbone of uncertainty, the hallmark of danger. It keeps readers guessing, and characters on their toes. When it’s present, stories leave readers breathless and wanting more. When it’s missing, scenes feel inconsequential, plots drag, characters meander.

Just learning the basic building blocks of story craft is not enough to write a page-turning story; you need to master the art of tension on every page and within every element of the story. From the inner conflicts of a character’s deepest psyche, to the mechanics of how you reveal information to the reader, creating tension is critical to crafting a story your readers can’t put down!

In this full-day workshop, Jordan Rosenfeld—author of How to Write a Page-Turner (Writer’s Digest Books, 2019) and five other books on writing craft—you will learn:

  • Four key elements of page-turning tension
  • Strategies for building character tension
  • Essentials of creating plot tension
  • How to balance scene elements for maximum tension
  • How to build powerful images that layer in subconscious tension

Who this session is for

  • Novel writers of all genres
  • Short story writers
  • Memoir writers who want to learn fictional techniques
  • Beginning to intermediate writers

Whether you’re a beginning writer or already have a few short stories or novels under your belt, you’ll walk away from this masterclass with practical techniques to elevate your fiction by mastering the art of tension.



Jordan Rosenfeld is author of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, most recently How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and Write Free. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including: The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, Writer’s Digest, The Washington Post and many more. She is also a freelance manuscript editor and ghostwriter.