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How to Build a Perfectly Structured Plot

At a Glance

  • Learn how to ensure your plot is complete and consistent
  • Discover the 8 essential plot points & the 12 essential questions every writer should answer
  • You will have all the tools, techniques, tips and tricks you’ll need to structure the perfect plot for your novel or screenplay

How to Build a Perfectly Structured Plot

We’ve all read books and seen movies in which the plot has a hole big enough to drive an audience through. A story’s plot is its foundation and framework. A missed step or a false turn can rip the readers or audience right out of the story, no matter how powerful the passion, no matter how significant the subject matter.

In this two-hour course you will learn how to ensure your plot is complete and consistent while avoiding over-structuring. You’d discover the eight essential plot points, the twelve essential questions every writer should answer and the twenty-eight “magic” scenes the provide the backbone for your story’s development.

Taught by Melanie Anne Phillips, co-creator of the Dramatica theory of narrative structure, this class will reveal:

  • The “dramatica circuit” upon which all scenes are based
  • The difference between “static” and “progressive” plot points
  • How plot is driven by and also affects your characters, theme and genre
  • How to ensure your plot’s "argument of reason" is sound.
  • Subplots and how to use them to turn the direction of your story
  • What happens in Act Two
  • Signposts and Journeys- the milestones of your plot
  • Using Catalysts and Inhibitors to control the pace of your story
  • Why every story has four plot lines - and how to build them
  • Archetypes and plot
  • Plot at the Genre level
  • Plot and your thematic argument
  • The "Grand Argument” Story
  • Acts, Sequences, Scenes, and Events - The nested wheels of plot

By the end of this course you will have all the tools, techniques, tips and tricks you’ll need to structure the perfect plot for your novel or screenplay.

LOCATION

The Writers Store
3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

Saturday January 30, 2016
10:30AM - 12:30PM

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Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

Meet the Author: Melanie Ann Phillips

Melanie Anne Phillips is the creator of writing software such as StoryWeaver, Idea Spinner and Master Storyteller. She is also the co-creator of the Dramatica theory of Narrative Structure. Over the last twenty-five years, tens of thousands of writers from around the world have studied and employed Melanie’s methods for story structure and storytelling including m...