Whether you’re writing a novel, short story, memoir, stage play, or screenplay, this boot camp will show you how to craft a great narrative scene-by-scene. It’s a hands-on event that provides personalized feedback on your story structure and plot.
The agents of Talcott Notch Literary Services share the secrets of creating a story structure that works – no matter what your genre – in this entertaining and informative online event. It’s all part of the 2014 “Plot Perfect” Agent One-on-One Boot Camp starting Oct. 24. In addition to the tutelage and instruction, every attendee gets a critique of their plot framework from the agent instructors. Seats for the event are limited, and WD boot camps frequently sell out, so consider signing up sooner rather than later.
Following are the details of what happens during the event:
How it works:
On Friday, October 24, you will receive access to a special online tutorial created by author and senior literary agent Paula Munier. During this presentation, Paula will detail how your work’s theme and variations on that theme determine your main plot as well as your sub-plots. You’ll learn how to break your story down accordingly, scene by scene, forming a blueprint by which you can devise the most compelling version of the story you want to tell. In addition to the tutorial, you’ll also receive two special templates designed to help you quickly develop the theme-based three-act structure you need to engage and entertain your readers.
After watching the tutorial, you’ll sketch out a story structure for your own project using the template and submit it to your assigned Talcott Notch agent for review. The deadline for submission is 10:00 AM ET, Saturday, October 25.
The submission will then be reviewed by the agent, who will provide a personalized critique of your work by noon, Sunday, October 26. This critique will give you insights into what’s working in your story, what’s not, and how you can improve it. Informed by these comments, you’ll revise the story structure throughout the day on Sunday. You’ll have the opportunity to ask the agents questions via a live message board (open from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET), then finalize your revision and resubmit it for one last review no later than 10:00 PM ET Sunday night.
The Talcott Notch agents will spend the next few days reviewing the revised submissions. Once finished, they will send a final note assessing your revision efforts by no later than 10:00 PM, October 31. Please note that these comments are brief, and not meant to act as a second critique.
By the time you finish this one-of-a-kind plotting primer, you’ll be armed with the blueprint you need to help craft an effective first draft from page one to The End.
BONUS: For attending this Boot Camp, you will receive a free copy of Paula Munier’s just-published book Plot Perfect: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene. Here is a bit about the book:
“Plot is one of the most important aspects to your novel or short story. To write a successful fiction piece, you need a story rich in theme, character and nuance. These stories stand out from the rest and attract readers. Creating a story with a multilayered plot does not come naturally, but takes thoughtfulness and dedication. Plot Perfect will teach you all about writing compelling plots that keep readers wanting more. Explore the intricacies of plot by mastering the three act structure using real world examples.”
Books will begin being shipped to attendees in the beginning of November. (Sign up for the boot camp here.)
PLEASE NOTE: To illustrate superior examples of plot and structure, Paula will reference The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett throughout her webinar. Although it’s not necessary to be familiar with the story, she recommends that attendees either read the novel or watch the movie prior to the boot camp in order to get the most out of the event.
Paula also recommends that you have 60 blank index cards on hand. Though they aren’t required, you’ll find them a great help for brainstorming ideas and writing down scene details. You can then use these cards to keep track of your scenes and easily reorder them to work out the best possible structure for your story.
About Talcott Notch Literary Agency:
Founded in 2003, Talcott Notch Literary is a rapidly-growing mid-size literary and screen rights agency representing the freshest new voices in both fiction and nonfiction.
Senior Associate Agent and Content Strategist Paula Munier brings a wealth of publishing industry knowledge to the agency. With a stellar background holding executive positions in both publishing houses and writers’ organizations (simultaneously), she’s intimately-versed in the dynamics and inner workings of publishing houses, as well as the expectations of and demands placed upon writers.
Associate Agent Rachael Dugas completed a six-month internship with Sourcebooks before joining Talcott Notch, and is now seeking fiction, particularly YA and middle-grade fiction, along with women’s fiction, romance, paranormal and mysteries. She’ll also consider nonfiction, with a strong interest in the arts, and cooking. Her first sales hit the shelves this Spring, including Bethany Crandall’s SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS, published by Running Press Kids, and Elle Daniel’s HE’S NO PRINCE CHARMING, published by Hachette, debuting this Fall.
NOTE: No special requests to work with specific agents will be available for this boot camp.