“Plot Your Book Scene by Scene” — Feb. 6 Webinar (With Critique) by Jordan Rosenfeld

Over-plotter, under-plotter? Struggles with plot are common among writers at all levels. This live webinar, “Plot Your Book: Scene by Scene,” will take the guess-work out of plotting by teaching you the key scenes that build your plot backbone, providing a refresher on the elements of a scene, and breaking down the specific kinds of scenes you’ll need at each of the three key Acts of a novel. Plots, after all, are simply stories comprised of well-placed and stylized scenes.

Jordan E. Rosenfeld brings over a decade of experience in teaching students how to use scenes to transform writing. She believes that scenes are fiction’s “magic ingredient” – activating writing so that your readers are drawn palpably into the experience of your character’s story, versus the flat habits of summarizing and expository writing. A former freelance journalist, she can help you to learn the difference between passive “telling” of a story and powerful, active demonstrating of a fantastic plot. All attendees get an individualized critique.


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All registrants are invited to submit a 1-page plot outline or summary. All submitted plot outlines are guaranteed a written critique by Author and Editor, Jordan E. Rosenfeld.

Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material.


  • The essential ingredients of a scene
  • The five key “lynchpin” scenes that build your plot backbone
  • The importance of First and Final scenes
  • How a plot is a journey of character transformation
  • Your scenes in three Acts
  • How to add plot information to every scene.  Sign up for the webinar here.


Jordan E. Rosenfeld, MFA, is author of the novel Forged in Grace, and the writing guides (with Rebecca Lawton) and the forthcoming: Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life A Writer’s Guide to Surrender: A Tool-kit to Build and Bolster a Lasting Writing Practice and Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Scene by Scene Through Action, Emotion & Theme. Jordan’s essays and articles have appeared in such publications as AlterNet.org, Marin Magazine, Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times, Whole Life Times, The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. She teaches popular writing courses through her website: www.jordanrosenfeld.net and will be leading a series of plot and scene retreats with The Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson starting in May, 2014. www.writerpath.com. She earned her MFA in creative writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars.  Sign up for the webinar here.

She is also the creator and former host of Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others on KRCB, which won an NEA Chairman’s grant in 2004.


  1. Writers who find plot overwhelming
  2. Writers who tend to “over-plot”
  3. Writers who have trouble finishing a novel
  4. Writers who find their story sagging in the middle
  5. Writers who seek an inciting incident
  6. Writers whose scenes lack a focus or goal
  7. Writers who want to write compelling, active scenes
  8. Writers who seek to understand their characters’ goals
  9. Writers who want to revise a plot
  10. Writers who are brand new to plotting

 Sign up for the webinar here.

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