Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Writing the Tightrope: The Art of Tension

Date(s) - 03/26/2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Writing the Tightrope: The Art of Tension

Tension. Though one of the most important elements in storytelling, authors often find it difficult to implement in their writing. This workshop defines tension in concrete terms, explains why it is so important to story, and demonstrates how to create it using plotting, structure, pacing, and tone. Appropriate for all genres from picture books to novels, this workshop is geared toward the advanced writer, but beginners will also gain valuable craft knowledge.

SCBWI Member: $15.00

Non-Member: $25.00



Laura Ellen writes YA suspense and thrillers from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and has worked as an assistant editor for a literary magazine and as a teacher in both Language Arts and Special Education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2000 and currently serves as the YA and MG PAL Coordinator for SCBWI-AZ. For more about Laura Ellen, please visit her website at

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Before March 21, 2020—50% of workshop tuition

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