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On Demand – Goal, Motivation, Conflict

Writers SA presents an on-demand workshop you can watch in your own time for a short time. Making up the foundation of almost all fast paced fiction is the concept of Goal, Motivation, Conflict, the 'who, what, why and why not'. In this short video, we'll walk you through the steps to see if your story has it.

**Please note this is an on-demand workshop. As soon as your registration is complete, you will receive a link and password to access the course. Please ignore the December date listed on the event**

Getting excited and jumping into a story idea is fun and exhilerating. At the beginning. If you're finding you're running out of steam or you don't know your characters well enough, forming the bigger picture and carrying on the concept is almost impossible. Does your character's wants and needs change from start the finish? Do they experience growth or does the moral/principle of the story fall flat?

If you're stuck at the halfway mark, or you think your characters are falling short on the page, by going back to the fundamentals of what your characters want, why they want it and what's standing in their way, you'll gain an extra depth of understanding and find some handy ways to move forward with your plot.

There's also a download with exercises and a character interview to help you chart your their wants and needs and a time line for their lives that should eliminate those pesky back story info dumps.

Total time for video and exercises is approximately one hour.

—Online events are easy to access! You will need an internet connection and (ideally) a device with a camera – computers/laptops or even phones can be used to dial in. You will be sent a link to join a few days before the event. The link will take you to a private digital meeting where you can join the session. You can test the link at any time to ensure you can log in. Please respect the other participants in your event and mute your microphone at all times while the presenter is presenting. Background noise in houses such as TVs, pets and children can affect the sound quality.

—Writers SA members must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact [email protected] at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Members of other writing centres in the National Writers Centre Network can access our member discount. Contact [email protected] with your membership number to make your booking.


About Bronwyn Tilley

Bronwyn Tilley is a published author of eighteen commercial fiction novels and novellas writing as Bronwyn Stuart. She has had both feet planted firmly in the publishing industry for more than sixteen years and has a wealth of knowledge and background about what readers want and what sells in today's international and Australian markets. She is an avid reader and spent a number of years as event manager and committee member for Romance Writers of Australia. She is now the Operations Manager for Writers SA and lives in the Adelaide Hills with her family and domesticated menagerie.


WSA Member $44 / Non-member $77

—Not yet a Writers SA member? Join here for as little as $60!

As soon as your registration is processed, you will receive an email with the link to the videos and your personalised password. If you don't receive this email, please ensure your payment was processed and then email [email protected]



  • Starts: December 31st, 2023 11:00 AM
  • Finishes: December 31st, 2023 2:00 PM

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On Demand – Goal, Motivation, Conflict

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