Get Your First 500 Words Critiqued by Agent Roseanne Wells: March 14 Webinar on “The Essentials of Characters, Plot & Setting”

A lot of WD’s webinars are focused on a particular element or genre. Sometimes they’re on writing something specific like a picture book, while other times they’re intensives on query letters or synopses. But this week it’s time to get back to basics. It’s time to talk about the crucial and essential story elements of character, plot and setting. To accomplish this, we have literary agent and instructor extraordinaire Roseanne Wells (Jennifer De Chiara Literary) teaching the all-new webinar, “The Three Essential Building Blocks of Your Novel: Who, What, and Where,” on Thursday, March 14, 2013. The webinar starts at 1 p.m., EST and lasts 90 minutes. And there’s more: Each registrant gets the first 500 pages of their novel critiqued by Roseanne!


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All registrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of their novel. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Roseanne Wells. Roseanne reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent. Sign up for the webinar here.


You love your main character, but no one else seems to get her. The town in your story is supposed to be wondrous and magical, but the townspeople don’t seem to like it. The romantic interest is sexy and sweet, but it doesn’t… do a whole lot. Why does the character like this romantic interest again? This is a common example showing symptoms of plots, characters, and settings that aren’t working for your novel.

In this new live webinar, literary agent Roseanne Wells will go back to the essentials of character, plot, and setting to show how they all fit together. She will discuss how you determine who your main character really is, what to ask yourself about setting, and how to make something happen!


  • How character, plot, and setting all work together in a novel
  • How to tell who your main character is, and why it’s their story
  • How other characters can strengthen and support your main character
  • Tips to construct a scene that moves the narrative
  • The five questions to ask in creating your characters’ setting. Sign up for the webinar here.


Roseanne Wells joined JDLA as an associate agent in 2012. Previously with the Marianne Strong Literary Agency, she has also worked as a proofreader and a special sales and editorial assistant. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with degrees in Literature and Dance. An avid reader, Roseanne discovered her passion for book publishing during her internship at W. W. Norton, and she approaches agenting as a writer’s advocate, editor, and partner.

Learn all details on official webinar page here!

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