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WORKSHOP: Using the 3-Act Structure to Plot Your Novel
Do you have a great plot idea, but you're stuck after page fifty? Are you in love with your characters, but they seem to just sit there? The 3-act structure is used in most of your favorite films, and it can be a great tool for novels. Thinking about an “inciting incident,” “turning point," and “third act climax" can help writers create an outline before they begin or sort out writer's block once they've started. Participants will develop an outline or a structure format to consult during revisions. To illustrate 3-act structure, Carolyn will discuss the Harrison Ford film Witness. She recommends attendees watch the film or remind themselves of its plot before class. Carolyn Cohagan’s first novel, The Lost Children (Simon & Schuster, 2010) is a middle grade fantasy which became part of the Scholastic Bookclub and was nominated for a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award. Her Young Adult novel Time Zero (She Writes Press, 2016) won eight literary honors, including the 2017 Readers Favorite Award and the 2017 International Book Award. She lives in Austin, where she is the founder of Girls With Pens, a creative writing organization dedicated to fostering the individual voices and offbeat imaginations of girls ages 8-14.

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Are you a writer, author, or blogger?

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If you answered yes to any of those questions, you've come to the right place.

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We talk about the craft of writing; how to find and work with an editor; how to format and distribute your books; trends in indie publishing; marketing tactics; platform and strategy; the leaders of self publishing in the 21st century; and much more.

Each meeting is structured around a specific topic, but there is always time for your questions, and a little chit chat over coffee too.

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