How To Write A Page-Turner

How to Write a Page Turner photo - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Class Overview

How can writers ensure that a reader finishes a story, book or essay? What makes a reader feel satisfied, intrigued, edified or entertained? While there are no guarantees, writers can use devices, whether they’re writing a suspense, memoir, literary fiction or essay, to keep a reader turning the page.   

This class offers tips from how to pose enticing questions, to creating snappy dialogue, meaningful reflection, fascinating characters, and suspense-worthy plots filled with mystery, red herrings and twists. This is a fun class for writers on all levels.

Enjoy lectures, writing prompts and class discussion (even on Zoom!). You are welcome to submit a piece of your own work to have it workshopped in class, if you wish.

Suggested Textbook

Suggested reading: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz; An Urban Goatherd by E.C. Murray (short story can be found by internet search), and any Modern Love essay from the New York Times.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  • Create characters whom readers are invested in, who propel the story forward
  • Develop scenes which are engrossing and compelling, leaving your reader with questions they want answered
  • Create suspense and red herrings in mysteries
  • Learn about crucibles, sentence and scene structures which compel the reader 
  • Surprise, mystify or intrigue the reader

Who Should Take this Class? 

  • Writers who would like to enhance their writing as well as anyone picking up their creative pen for the first time.
  • Anyone interested in putting zest or momentum into their writing, whether it be general fiction, memoir, or essays
  • Those interested in creating suspense and red herrings in their mysteries


Class Details

This class is held online by videoconferencing. It is led by an instructor(s) in real-time as an interactive class experience. To attend and participate fully you will need access to a computer or device with video and a microphone, plus high-speed internet connection. Instructions to access the class will be emailed to you by the instructor or staff member before the class begins. Note: part of this class might be recorded, for the students and instructor to use for review only; recordings will be deleted after the end of the quarter.


Fall 2021

  • 5 Wednesdays ; Sep 29 to Oct 27 ; 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Location : SCONL; Room Online
  • Fee : $99
  • Class ID : 38720 ; SKU : 29713