Programs

Start Now: Plotting Your 2022 MG or YA Novel

December 10 - 12, 2021

TYPE & LENGTH:

This is an online weekend course with live lectures, exercises, small group discussions, goal setting, and faculty Q&A:

  • Friday evening, December 10, 6:30-8pm Eastern
  • Saturday, December 11, 12-2pm Eastern & 4:30 – 8pm Eastern, with breaks
  • Sunday, December 12, 12-2pm Eastern & 4:30 – 8pm Eastern, with breaks

PARTICIPANT CAP:

40

WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

Start Plotting workshop
Gearing up to work on your middle grade or young adult novel in 2022? Join authors Sona Charaipotra and Dante Medema to help you set goals and build the roadmap to guide you into your 2022 novel.

You’ll learn plotting techniques, engage in live lectures, participate in small-group discussions with peers, and apply the practices to your yet-to-come novel! In addition, Sona and Dante want to share ideas about the business of publishing. Sona says: “We’ll be talking about what you can control (the writing) and what you can’t necessarily control (publishing and the state of the entire, world, so to speak).”

If you want help stepping into the new year with a new novel, this is the course for you!

IT’S A GREAT FIT IF:

  • You are a middle grade or young adult novelist. We all need plot. Come learn strategies for building yours.
  • You write genre fiction, or contemporary. Story is story. Whatever you write, we can help.
  • You’d like the focus of a weekend online course. Prepare for your writing 2022 writing project with this weekend intensive.

COMMITMENT REQUIRED FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE:

You’ll maximize this course if you attend all of the live sessions, complete the coursework, and fully participate in the small-group sessions.

Note: If your schedule does not allow you to attend the live sessions and you would still like to register, that’s OK! You’ll have access to the recordings. They’re usually posted the day after the session, and they’ll be available through January 31, 2022.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

Friday, December 10
Live on Zoom:

  • 6:30pm Eastern: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:00pm Eastern: Session 1: “What’s a Logline and Pitch, and How to Nail It
  • 8:00pm Eastern: Homework, The Logline and Pitch prepped for revision and expansion

Saturday, December 11
Live on Zoom:

  • 12:00pm Eastern: Plans, Planners, and Planning with Nisha Sharma
  • 12:30pm Eastern: Session #2 “Expanding your Logline and Pitch Via 3 Act Structure”
  • 2:00pm Eastern: Break and Reflection: Character discovery as an engine for plot
  • 4:00pm Eastern: Small group discoveries from homework and logline work
  • 4:30pm Eastern: Session #3 “Methods for Outlining and Creating a Roadmap for Plot”
  • 6:00pm Eastern: Break
  • 6:30pm Eastern: Goal Setting for 2022: Plotting Your Writing Life

Sunday, December 12
Live on Zoom:

  • 12:00pm Eastern: Small group discoveries from Goal Setting for 2022
  • 12:30pm Eastern: Session #4 “Writing as a Practice and Publishing as a Business”
  • 2:00pm Eastern: Break and Investigation: Tools and Tricks, i.e., There’s An App for That
  • 4:00pm Eastern: Small group discoveries from last session
  • 4:30pm Eastern: Session #5: “Finalizing Your Roadmap for Your Book”
  • 6:00pm Eastern: Break
  • 6:30pm Eastern: Final session: “Writing and Publishing Q & A”

HIGHLIGHTS FOUNDATION RESOURCES AND FAQS FOR WORKSHOPS:

RELATED RESOURCES:

Sona Charaipotra’s website
Dante Medema’s website
Chris Tebbetts: Visual Outlining

 

Faculty

Sona Charaipotra

The author of the YA doc dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor — much to…
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Dante Medema

Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. Her debut novel, The Truth Project (HarperTeen / Quill Tree…
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Nisha Sharma

Nisha Sharma is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novel My So-Called Bollywood Life and the follow up, Radha…
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$159.00