Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month!
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
- Week 2: The Heart of the Story
- Week 3: Structure, Narrative Arcs, and Charter Development; Plotting ACT I
- Week 4: The Long Middle: Plotting ACT II (the first half)
- Week 5: Knock-out Endings: Plotting ACT III
- Week 6: Fixing Plot Holes & Problems, Themes, Fast First Drafts, & Survival Tips
(And if flashbacks to those 9th grade English papers with formal outlines make your skin crawl, not to worry! The deep dive into story structure and plot will give you a flexible and inspiring method of plotting and outline that works whether you’re a plotter or a pantser.)
Class members are also invited to Friday Night Writes each Friday eve in November at Wordcrafters.
What is NaNoWriMo? That’s short for National Novel Writing Month. 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! Visit the NaNoWriMo website here for more info: https://nanowrimo.org/how-it-works.
About the Instructor
Daryll 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. and has taught writing workshops as part of the Loose Leaf Writing Series in 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. She directs Wordcrafters in Eugene.