Create a Plot that Readers, Agents and Publishers Love

Saturday, Jun 9, 2018

Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Create a Plot that Readers, Agents and Publishers Love
(part of the Everything Your Need to Write a Beautiful Story series)

A story is more than just a bunch of scenes strung together like train cars. Even character studies must have an arc, and most stories fall into a three-act structure. In this workshop you will learn what these terms mean and how to make sure your story moves smartly upwards to its conclusion.

The workshop will teach participants methods for generating a plot that hooks agents, publishers, and readers, using the three-act structure as a starting point, but not limiting the process to that. Participants will receive worksheets to help them in developing their plots. The workshop will include short work sessions aimed at getting participants started building their story structure.

A proper understanding of plot will give you a tighter story, written in less time, and with less hair-pulling. Plot is critical to agents and publishers (which is why they want a synopsis).

If you want your story to be accepted, make sure your plot meets their criteria.

This is an online event
This event happens online, meaning that you will login to view it from wherever you are. Simple instructions on how to access the live workshop will be emailed to you after you register. You will be able to ask questions to the instructor during the event. A recording of the presentation will be available for one week after the workshop date.

About the Instructor

Gary Guinn, Ph.D. is retired from teaching writing and literature at John Brown University. His novel, A Late Flooding Thaw, was published by Moon Lake Publishing in 2005. His poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of magazines, including The Midwest Poetry Review, Carve, in which his story was a finalist for the Raymond Carver Prize, The Bryant Literary Review, The Rockford Review, and Elder Mountain: a Journal of Ozark Studies. His stories have also appeared in the anthologies Yonder Mountain, from the University of Arkansas Press, and Puzzles of Faith and Patterns of Doubt, from Editions Bibliotekos. His mystery/suspense novel Sacrificial Lam appeared in 2017 from The Wild Rose Press. He and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with their lab mix, Seamus, and their Corgi mix, Peanut.

Event Location

Online webinar


Event Fees:

Cost Per Person $ 25.00

Registration is closed for this event.

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