Margie Lawson

March, 2020: Premise to Plot


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Instructor: Michelle Schusterman

March 1-31, Fee: $110

You have an idea for a novel. Now what? For some authors, the next
step is opening a blank document and pounding out the first draft. But
others are looking for a little more structure before they dive in. In
this highly interactive workshop, we’ll explore various plotting and
outlining methods and discuss how to find the right one for you and your
novel. This 30-day course is ideal for:

  • Anyone who has an idea for a novel and isn’t sure how to begin
  • Writers who are in the middle of a draft and feeling lost
  • Writers who have a completed draft that needs a structural overhaul

Regardless of what stage your novel is at, we’ll hone in on the heart
of your idea, then work on developing a plot that stays true to that
core. Students will have multiple opportunities to workshop their
ideas, pitches, and outlines.

*Note: this course can be take on its own or as the first of 3 classes designed to walk you through writing a novel in 4 months.

About Michelle:

Michelle Schusterman is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including SPELL & SPINDLE, OLIVE AND THE BACKSTAGE GHOST, and the series THE KAT SINCLAIR FILES and I HEART BAND. She co-authored the YA novel THE PROS OF CONS with Alison Cherry and Lindsay Ribar, and co-authored the SECRETS OF TOPSEA series under the name M. Shelley Coats. She also wrote SPOTLIGHT ON CODING CLUB!, the fourth book in the New York Times Bestselling GIRLS WHO CODE series.

Michelle’s novels have received many
accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and
Publisher’s Weekly, multiple Junior Library Guild selections, and
inclusion on the American Library Association’s Rainbow List and
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List.

A former Texas public school teacher,
Michelle spent six years in New York as a creative writing instructor
at Writopia Lab in Manhattan, where her students received honors such
as Scholastic Art & Writing Gold Keys and acceptance into the
Worldwide Plays Festival. Michelle recently moved back to her
hometown and teaches writing workshops both in Dallas and online.

Instagram: @michelleschusterman


Michelle Schusterman