Plot

Plot is the art of drawing them in, then delivering a sequence of events that grows progressively more interesting and culminates with a killer ending. A good plot is what most readers and audiences crave…and what most writers fear.

Whether you’re working on something true or completely made-up, short or long, we’ll show you how to craft a plot that keeps them rapt from beginning to middle to end.


Plot 1: Mechanics

This course teaches the basic mechanics of plotting, the things you can’t get far without, such as: desire driving the story, the beginning/middle/end structure, cause and effect, how characters determine which way the plot goes.


Plot 2: Machinations

This course teaches the crafty machinations required for expert plotting: the techniques for twisting and turning, intriguing and dazzling, and, most of all, keeping people hooked until the breathtaking finish.

Notes

This is a cross-genre course, applicable to any kind of writing that contains storytelling, including nonfiction.

If you feel you’re solid with the basics of plot, you may go straight to Plot 2. If you’re in doubt about this, start with Plot 1; it will be valuable even if some of it is review.

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Useful concepts and techniques for the plot-challenged.
Amina Ali
writer

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Plot 1: Mechanics

3-week Intensive

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $550  Request consultation

This course explores the basic mechanics for crafting a compelling plot, for any type of writing. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises

Plot 1 is open to writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

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Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Oct 6
1 spot left
 Oct 20
 Nov 10
 Jan 5

Plot 2: Machinations

3-week Intensive

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $550  Request consultation

This course explores the clever machinations that make a riveting plot, for any type of writing. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises

Plot 2 is open to writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

View Syllabus

Starts
Meets
Teacher
Class full.  Call for wait list.
 Jan 26