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How To Write A Page Turner

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Start: 20th May 2020 - 7:00pm

Finish: 24th June 2020 - 8:30pm


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Want to carve some writing time into your lockdown diary?

How To Write A Page-Turner is a six-session online writing course that requires just 90 minutes of your time each week.

Designed by best-selling author of crime fiction, Caroline Green, this is an essential introduction to developing a manuscript that hurls your protagonist – and readers! – through the sort of twists and turns synonymous with a can’t-put-down, page-turning novel.

Practical elements include plot development, pacing, creating characters, and building tension, while students will also get the opportunity to hear a bit more about the publishing process from Harper Collins Editorial Director Phoebe Morgan.

Attendees are not required to have a work-in-progress ready to share but those who are already working on an original manuscript can, of course, apply in-session and homework writing exercises to their writing as they see fit. Participation in homework exercises is not mandatory, though Caroline will offer collective feedback on all work submitted at the beginning of each week’s session.

All students may also submit up to 2,000 words of original material to Caroline at the end of the course, and receive up to two pages of feedback on their work. 

Course benefits

Students on this course should expect:

- 9 hours of practical writing advice and tuition 

- Feedback from Caroline Green on up to 2,000 words of your writing

- Practical insight into the publishing process from Harper Collins Editorial Director Phoebe Morgan

- Peer-to-peer review; amass a wealth of objective feedback from fellow students   

- Deadlines issued for homework exercises

- Course materials available to view ahead of each session

- A copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and the W&A Companion Guide to Writing Crime & Thriller

- Exclusive discounts on W&A products including editing services and books

Each week sessions will combine tutorials with practical exercises, discussion and feedback. 


Week One: Wednesday 20th May

Heroes, villains and victims: How to create strong, believable fictional characters, including authority figures that live off the page.

Week Two: Wednesday 27th May

Point-of-View and Voice: Finding the right way to tell your story and coming up with a ‘voice’ that hooks and intrigues your readers.

Week Three: Wednesday 3rd June

Plotting a bookGetting the initial inspiration and where to start, plus how to plan and structure your story so it hangs together tightly.

Week Four: Wednesday 10th June

Pace and Tension: How to write so that your readers will keep turning the pages.

Week Five: Wednesday 17th June

A Sense of Place: Creating settings that add atmosphere and depth to your story. 

Week Six: Wednesday 24th June

Editing your book and pitching to the industry: Including guest speaker Phoebe Morgan, Editorial Director of Harper Fiction and Avon Books

Speaker Details

about – Cass Green

Writing as Cass Green, Caroline's debut adult novel The Woman Next Door was a Number 1 e-book bestseller and her second, In A Cottage, In A Wood was a Sunday Times top ten and USA Today bestseller. She is also an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the RONA Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks was recommended on Radio 4’s Open Book programme and Hold Your Breath won the Oldham Book Award. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and has taught writing at City University and for Writers & Artists. In 2021 she will publish the first of three genre-bending police procedurals, all to be published by HarperCollins.

Phoebe Morgan

Phoebe Morganis an author and editor. She works as an editorial director at HarperCollins, publishing commercial fiction, and her own psychological thrillers (The Doll House, The Girl Next Door and The Babysitter) are published by HQ and have been translated into 8 languages. She is always on the look-out for new voices, particularly in the crime and thriller space. She blogs about the writing and publishing process at

Event Details

This is an online course presented via video-conferencing software. Joining instructions and full guidance will be provided before the course start-date.

Booking & Payment

The course fee of £350 (inc. VAT) is payable in full online. 

Please do contact us if you wish to discuss an instalment payment plan by calling 0207 631 5985 or by sending an email to

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