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A Novel Writing Workshop with John Bemis

8 July 2024

Plot Your Novel Course

If you want to create a stellar plot for your story, you don’t need to plan your entire plot structure in advance. In fact, if you answer just a few key questions, you’re already halfway to building a compelling plot that can sustain an entire novel and meet the needs of publishers.

During the course, John will help you develop your plot structure, including your big picture plotting, as well as the individual “beats” of your plot. He’ll even help you hone a scene in your novel – so you can be sure you’re keeping readers deeply engaged in your book.

During the course you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the right structure for your story – so you can keep readers glued to the page (and agents/publishers interested).
  • How to keep readers engaged with every scene using simple “microplotting” strategies.
  • How “plot” fits into the entire writing process – so you know when to ignore it, and when to think about it.
  • Why it’s critical to boil your plot down to two simple sentences before fleshing it out.
  • The three simple questions that practically guarantee you’ll have a satisfying ending to your book.
  • How to present your plot in your query letter – so you can attract the right agents/publishers for your book.
  • John’s simple “8 Box” method for plotting your book – so you can be sure the reader is hooked throughout the entire story.

John is offering extensive feedback on student writing as a course part of this course. Each week you will have the opportunity to submit work for feedback from John. This includes feedback on your major plot points, outline, synopsis, and 2500 words of your manuscript. This is in addition to the interaction you can have with John via email, live office hours, and text-based discussion.

The course starts on Monday, July 8th and ends on Friday, August 2nd, 2024. Everything is hosted online.

For those who need extra time, you will have a full six months to complete the course and submit your work for feedback.

Enrollment is strictly limited to just 22 students. No exceptions. For those interested in participating, you are encouraged to enroll right away. Course fee is $600, but the Early Bird tuition is $525.

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