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Plot and structure are the "big picture" ingredients of fiction. A good plot can turn a novel into a page-turner. The right structure will make a story more resonant and compelling and amplify its themes.

"Creating a successful structure or plot for a story or a novel can be especially challenging for writers,” says instructor Elaine Beale. "But without a good grasp of these ingredients, many writers find themselves stuck."

This two-session workshop is designed for anyone who wants to better understand how to develop a coherent plot that engages the reader and a structure that brings a story to life. We’ll cover key concepts such as story arc, causality, plot twists and revelations, techniques for creating momentum, and how character development and plot are intertwined.

In addition to doing in-class exercises, between session one and two, there’ll be a homework assignment that will allow you to try your hand at plotting and structuring a story or novel. In class two, we’ll discuss those assignments and provide feedback on your work.

Elaine says, “As a result of taking the class, my hope is that students will find themselves far more confident in tackling these ‘big picture’ aspects of fiction and able to create novels and stories that really work."


About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes

You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, December 11, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Saturday, December 18, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Elaine is an excellent, dynamic teacher and very organized with materials and communications. Her critiquing of our writing was extremely valuable. In addition to her considerable experience, she has a gift for it. . . . I wish she could always be my reader, and would definitely take another course taught by her and recommend her classes to others.

    Adele Mendelson
  • I am a big fan of Elaine's classes. She immediately puts the novice at ease and her enthusiastic love of the craft is contagious.

    Rick Kelley


Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 10:00 pm PST
Sunday, December 19, 2021 @ 1:00 am PST
Event Category:


Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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