People, like novels, come in every shape and size, yet no two are exactly alike. But peel back the cover—the skin—and you’ll find that everyone has a remarkably similar skeleton that gives us our shape and structure. Novels, whatever the genre, also share a skeletal framework of story structure. In this 5-week novel-plotting workshop, we’ll examine the elements of three-act structure and the Hero’s Journey, both in terms of structuring your story during the creation process, and how to use these “bones” of story structure as tools in the revision process. You’ll use this anatomy to plot the skeleton of your novel as we go.

  • Week 1: Structure, Narrative Arcs, and Charter Development; Plotting ACT I
  • Week 2: The Long Middle: Plotting ACT II
  • Week 3: Story Problems, and Subplots: Plotting ACT II
  • Week 4: Knock-out Endings: Plotting ACT III
  • Week 5: Fixing Plot Holes & Problems, Themes, Fast First Drafts, & Survival Tips


Tuesdays from 6:00-9:00 pm

NEW DATES 5 Weeks: 5, 12, 19, 26 May plus 2 June 2015

Location: The Stellaria Building, 150 Shelton McMurphey, Eugene (near Skinner Butte)

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Daryll Lynne EvansDaryll Lynne Evans – Daryll Lynne 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 was a presenter at Wordcrafters’ inaugural conference, where she presented an abbreviated version of this workshop.