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Creating an Emotional Punch through Pacing


with Cassandra Dean

In key scenes where plot and story are established, where tension builds or romance blossoms, we as authors need to focus on choosing the appropriate pacing to bring emotional punch, to ensure our characters feel every skerrick of emotion, draw out every ounce of tension, and make our readers enthralled.

This workshop will help you dissect emotional beats to determine appropriate pacing and focus on how to draw out the tension between your protagonists. Finding the right balance, slowing things down to focus on the minutiae or ratcheting things up to a knife’s edge, will not only enhance your writing but will have your readers begging for more.

Participants will:

  • - Understand why appropriate pacing is necessary.
  • - Learn to identify pacing techniques in other prose.
  • - Comprehend the techniques required to effectively show emotion and build tension.
  • - Recognise the warning signs of ‘too fast’ prose in their own work.

Cassandra Dean is an international, best-selling author in a variety of genres, including historical romance and erotic romance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies & Professional Writing) and is an Editor with Decadent Publishing. Cassandra has presented workshops at various State, National and International conferences and lectures regularly at the SA Writers' Centre and was a finalist in the coveted R*BY award in 2016.


Venue: City Library Meeting Rooms 1 & 2, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St)

Cost: Full Price $90 SAWC Members Price $60


Adelaide City Library members (who aren’t currently SA Writers members) can receive a discount off the Full Price of selected SA Writers Centre workshops. ACL members please contact the Adelaide City Libraries on to receive a Promotional Code to apply when making a booking with us.

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