Workshop 2: Masterclass  – Enchanting the Reader: Writing Stories that Readers Adore.

Presenter: Kate ForsythKate Forsyth

For: Emerging and Established Authors

For emerging and established authors, this Masterclass workshop is designed to help you keep the spark alive and keep writing stories that your readers will adore. This is an advanced workshop that will focus on deeper knowledge of the craft and for you to acquire new skills.

Vladimir Nabokov said great writers was storytellers, teachers, and enchanters, with the final quality being the most important of all.

When we tell a story, we are casting a spell on our audience. The real world fades away, and the reader is totally drawn into the fictional world of the story. Their own imaginations transform the words on the page into a fully immersive sensory experience. This is often called narrative transportation, and it is utterly addictive. Lose yourself in a book just once, and you will want to do so again and again.

We all know what it feels like to be so enthralled by a story.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • cast a spell upon your readers.
  • bewitch them so they cannot bear to put your book down.
  • write a novel that stays with the reader long after the last page has been turned.

This Masterclass will cover:-

  • creating characters that leap off the page.
  • building characters that seem alive to the reader.
  • understanding of story structure – beginnings and endings, rising and falling action, key turning points, crisis and resolution, denouement, the monomyth and so much more.
  • world-Building –  creating a deeply immersive reading experience for your reader by creating a world that feels real
  • writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing.
  • suspense & Surprise – the two secret ingredients that create a compelling narrative. Understand the difference between them and how to use them to keep your readers turning the pages.
  • crowding & Leaping: Managing time in your novels

I’ve been making up stories as long as I’ve been able to hold a pencil. I wrote my first novel when I was seven (it was only twenty-nine pages long, but still!) By the time I left school I had finished half-a-dozen more. I spent my 20s scribbling poems and stories and articles, and reading every craft manual I could get my hands on.  I undertook a MA in Creative Writing, to follow on from my BA in Literature. I went to every workshop and publishing seminar I could afford, sitting in the front row, noting down each word that was said. I had my first novel published when I was thirty, and have made my living from my writing ever since (and yes, since you ask, I’ve made a very nice living indeed.)

But even though I’ve now had almost forty novels published in eighteen different languages, won a number of awards including the American Library Association award for Best Historical Fiction, finished a Doctorate of Creative Arts, and sold quite a few books, this is still the question that I think about the most.

How do we enchant the reader?

I want to bewitch them. I want to keep them utterly enthralled. I want my readers to love my books with all their hearts.

And many of them do (they write and tell me so). Of course, I know that there are many who will never much like what I do, no matter how hard I try. That’s all right. I’m not writing for them. I’m writing for my kindred spirits, the bookworms who devour stories of romance and history and magic and mystery, set long, long ago or far, far away. Stories that celebrate the redemptive power of love.

So how do I cast that spell of enchantment upon my readers?

Is it done in the dark of the moon, in the mirk and midnight hour, with eyes of newts and toes of frogs, wool of bats and tongues of dogs?


To find out, you will need to join me in this Friday Workshop at Love Gone Wild, the 26th Annual Romance Writers of Australia Conference Brisbane in August.

Root of hemlock optional.