Intensive limited to 8 writers
6 Meetings: 3 Weeks, twice a week
In this on-line program, Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran provide constructive feedback as you develop/refine your picture book concept, characters, plot, as well as your pitch and query.
Tuesdays and Fridays 10am - 12:30pm Pacific/1pm - 3:30pm Eastern
Twice-Weekly 2 1/2 hours Discussion based on assigned homework and feedback from both Martha and Jill that apply to your individual plot and picture book elements for a total of 6 Discussion sessions.
Each session 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, Voice, & Key plot points
oncept, First pages, How the Character’s flaw affects the Dramatic Action plot
Pitch & How the Transformational (Inner) Plot informs the Beginning, Middle and Ending
Deepening your concept & story through theme
Use concept, theme, & pitch to finalize your query letter Researching agents & editors
“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
“Plot problems? Turn to Martha Alderson!”
Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award winner
“Folks, if you have the chance to learn from Martha Alderson, Plot Whisperer through her books or at a conference do not pass it up! Brilliant!”
Literary Agent Danielle M. Smith