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Session Spotlight: Plotting a Page Turner

On Saturday 22nd of August at 9:30am as part of the Aspiring/Emerging Stream, C.S. Pacat shares practical techniques that are sure to help delegates understand and simplify the process of plotting.

“The take home message from this session is that plotting doesn’t have to be a mysterious or difficult process. Instead, it is based on practical techniques that can be learned”

Your Presenter — C.S. Pacat

C. S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer, and a graduate of the University of Melbourne. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an online web serial. Self published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin USA and will be released worldwide in April 2015.

Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

Author. Lover of antiheroes, princes, swordfights, intrigue, adventure and romance

What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?

Plot is so integral to novel writing, yet so rarely taught, even in creative writing classes, leaving writers to try to work things out alone, reverse-engineering techniques from reading other people’s books. I think that instead it’s important for writers to share knowledge, which will help each other’s work and allow the genre to grow and evolve in new ways.

Which members will benefit most from this session?

This session will benefit writers and aspiring writers who are interested in better understanding the way that plot functions to create and enhance tension, suspense and page turning drive in a book.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

The session will include some discussion, and there will be time set aside for questions and audience participation.

Do you use examples (from your own books, other books, movies etc)?

Plot is best discussed with great examples, so the session will draw on popular genre fiction, film and television series to illustrate how specific techniques are achieved.

What is your latest/current/upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you? 

Captive Prince is an adventure fantasy with swordfights, political machinations, chases, escapes—and a romance between two enemy princes from rival nations. It will be available from April 2015. Members can find out more at

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