Novel Plotting: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, this fast-paced plotting mashup gives you more than a mere outline. You will learn how structure works as the framework of your story, and you’ll get tools to plan out your novel ahead of time or guide your story discovery as you go.
Using Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, 3-act structure, and a screen-writing card trick, this workshop will guide you through all aspects of planning out your novel so you’ll be ready to focus on writing come November. You’ll also learn some nifty tips and tricks for surviving November’s novel challenge or any novel project.
  • Week 1: Finding Your Character & The Heart of the Story
  • Week 2: Structure, Narrative Arcs, and Charter Development; Plotting ACT I
  • Week 3: The Long Middle: Plotting ACT II
  • Week 4: Story Problems and Subplots: Plotting ACT II
  • Week 5: Knock-out Endings: Plotting ACT III
  • Week 6: Fixing Plot Holes & Problems, Themes, Fast First Drafts, & NaNo Survival Tips
Class members are also invited to informal Write-Ins every Saturday during November. Daryll Lynne will be available for 15-minute plot consultations as a fundraiser for our Young Writers Program.
The workshop will include: weekly readings, in-class and out-of-class writing, and group workshop and discussion in a supportive and inspiring environment. Everyone will read the same novel over the course of the workshop to use for analysis and craft discussion.
WORKSHOP DETAILS
6 Thursdays:  September 28; October 6, 12, 19, 26; November 2
6:00-9:00 pm
Wordcrafters Workshop, 438 Charnelton, Suite 102, Eugene
Cost: $247
Wordcrafters Registration

 

Write a novel in a month?

Yes! For the month of November, participants from around the world (affectionately known as Wrimos) gather online and endeavor to write their own 50,000-word novels. It’s a month of enthusiasm, determination, and ferociously fast writing. If you enjoy a challenge, or just need a deadline, the NaNo challenge is for you! Here’s a little more about how it all works.

Do you have to be a Wrimo to participate in this class?

Absolutely not! This class will help you get a head start on your writing project, whether you plan to spend 4 weeks, 4 months, or 4 years writing. The class will deepen your understanding of story structure and how it helps you understand what needs to happen when and why it needs to happen.

About the Instructor 

Daryll Lynne EvansDaryll Lynne Evans began her writing career as a playwright with the Performing Arts Conservatory in Colorado, where she also taught theatre and play writing to youth. She has an MFA in fiction from Purdue University, where she taught creative writing and worked with Sycamore Review. She has presented writing workshops as part of the Loose Leaf Writing Series in Lafayette, Indiana, and for the Mid-Valley chapter of Willamette Writers in Eugene, and had been a presenter at Wordcrafters, Willamette Writers, and South Coast Writers  conferences.