How to Plot and Structure Your Novel – AUG 7 WEBINAR WITH Cheryl Klein

Klein_CThe plot of your book is the underlying structure of its story—the specific order and selection of events that reveal information about the characters and their circumstances to create emotional effects and thematic resonance for the reader. But how do you know you’re choosing the right events for your story, whether they’re in the right order, or if they achieve the ends you have in mind?

In this live 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Plot and Structure Your Novel: Learn Important Principles, Patterns, and Practical Revision Techniques” — editor Cheryl Klein will guide you through the principles that underlie traditional narrative plotting—a framework on which you can build all sorts of variations. You’ll learn about the three main types of plot and how to braid them for maximum narrative efficiency and elegance. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, August 7, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes.



  • The three types of plot and four elements of plot structure
  • What kind of plot you have and why that matters
  • Ways to establish and raise the stakes of your story
  • How to make every subplot contribute to the whole effect of the book
  • Tips for balancing character development and forward plot momentum
  • Practical techniques for tracking the progress of a plot in your book



Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she edits and publishes picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children, young adults, and discerning grown-ups. She has been featured in Time and Entertainment Weekly for her work on the Harry Potter series. Her book, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, was published in March 2011. Please visit her website at or follow her on Twitter at @chavelaque.


  • Writers interested in improving their plotting techniques
  • Writers whose manuscripts have been called “thin” or “slice-of-life”
  • Writers struggling with narrative tension or character development
  • Writers who want the ideas and emotions in their novels to be supported by the book’s plot structure

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