For all writing levels
Intensive limited to 8 writers
In this 8-week on-line program, Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran provide constructive feedback as you develop/refine your novel concept, characters, plot, dialogue, dramatic action, emotional moments, and themes.
Thusdays 10am - 12:30pm Pacific/1pm - 3:30pm Eastern
June 21, 28, July 5, 12 , 19, 26, Aug 2, 9
Weekly 2 1/2 hours Discussion based on assigned homework from the Plot Whisperer Workbook and feedback from both Martha and Jill that apply to your individual plot and novel elements for a total of 8 Discussion sessions.
Each week has a specific focus based on homework though you are free to address any issues you’re having. Participants are given 15 minutes to ask questions and voice concerns and successes for your manuscript. Only Jill and Martha answer questions and give input. During each writer’s time, the seven other writers benefit from actively listening and taking notes. We’ve learned from teaching together that writers gain valuable information both when they are on the “hot seat” and when listening to other writer’s issues.
Concept & Theme
Character Emotional Development/Character Arc
Protagonist(s) – transformational statement
Beginning goals, risks and motivation
Middle goals, risks and motivation
End goals, risks and motivation
4th Energetic Marker
Climax – for all plot lines: action, character, romance, mystery
3rd Energetic Marker
Crisis / Dark Night – for all plot lines: action, character, romance, mystery
2nd Energetic Marker
Recommitment / Rededication – for all plot lines: action, character, romance, mystery
End of the Beginning
No Turning Back – for all plot lines: action, character, romance, mystery
Deepen concept, theme, plot, character
“I do a one-page thing. It’s a graph that I learned from a book called The Plot Whisperer. That’s how I learned to plot is from that book. She makes a little graph that she shows you. So I plot everything on that graph and I know the high points and the low points. So I always know like what’s the hook, what’s the turning point at 25% mark, what’s the 50%, what’s the crisis, what’s the climax. That’s all I start with – those 5 things.”
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances.
“I ran out of paper taking notes!”
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, award-winning New York Times bestselling author
“Martha Alderson’s The Plot Whisperer is the most practical, accessible resource on story structure I’ve found. I recommend the book to all my students, and I follow its advice in my own work. Thanks for all you do – you’ve helped me through some tough times!"
Eleanor Brown author of the New York Times bestseller The Weird Sisters
“When I began writing I searched for helpful craft books, writing courses, and thoughtful advice to help me grow. I found Martha Alderson’s plotting series this way, and now I tell all writers looking for exceptional guidance to check out her plotting series. Extremely helpful.”
Kendall Ryan, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling romance author
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Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award winner
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Literary Agent Danielle M. Smith