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Got an idea for a novel, a movie or a TV series? 

“That’s great!” says instructor Kate Montgomery. “Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and organize it into a layered, well-structured story that’s engaging from start to finish.” 

It can be all too easy to spend weeks writing away on a concept only to find you’ve gone down a rabbit hole and are miles from where you want to be. But a Story Map will save you that detour. It’s like GPS for writers: an easy way to stay on track and keep your story moving steadily towards its destination. 

In this lively, two-part online class, which includes materials you can keep to reference later, you’ll learn:

  • How to choose the right structure for your story. 
  • How to hook readers right away.
  • How to use complex, surprising characters to drive a strong story. 
  • How to pace the twists and cliffhangers that keep us guessing.
  • The essential ingredient all great stories must have.
  • Why it’s important to know how it ends, even if that changes.  

“Whether you’re working on a novel, a screenplay, or a presentation for work,” says Kate, “Story Mapping can up your game. Whenever your goal is to take readers on an entertaining adventure that leads to a satisfying destination, you can employ these tools to make your writing more professional and your journey as a writer more enjoyable and efficient.”


About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom 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: Wednesday, November 29, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Wednesday, December 06, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  • Kate Montgomery was not only warm and inviting, she was 100% prepared, providing stacks of carefully considered handouts while also maintaining a flexibility to follow the rhythm of our group. Her knowledge in the field was undeniable and her enthusiasm for discussing and dissecting students' ideas was balanced by honest notes and critiques. I hope to be signing up for another class of hers soon.

  • Now, this may sound like a cliche, but Kate inspired me to make time in my life for what I really want to do: write stories. And that’s hard, I’m a cynical Eastern European, hard to impress and convince. But now I’m going to spend a couple of hours each week to write something down, and if she’ll invite me I’ll go to all her events and workshops, pitch my story ideas, and do my best to create amazing work. She is incredibly charismatic, and it feels great to be around her. But the whole inspiration part is what makes her a standout teacher.



Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 10:00 pm PST
Thursday, December 7, 2023 @ 12:30 am PST
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Kate Montgomery


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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