Margie Lawson

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Scene and Sequel, Super Powered Writing Tool

Scene and Sequel--Plotting Super Power

  • Would you like your next book to be optioned for film or TV?
  • Does your plot pack a powerful emotional punch?
  • Want the secret to eliminating sagging middles?
  • Is your plot dilly-dallying on an escalator? Or strapped to a thrilling roller coaster?

PLEASE NOTE: This is an in-depth, interactive, Intermediate to Advanced level class.

Never write a dull scene again! Scene & Sequel is like a plotting machine--it shifts reader emotions into high gear and keeps your fans turning the pages. Professor Dwight Swain spent decades figuring out which elements made certain books and movies into blockbusters. He and his student and fellow professor, Jack Bickham, wrote more than a hundred successful novels—several were made into blockbuster films. They guided hundreds of other writers to bestselling fame: Louis L'amour, Tony Hillerman, Ken Follett, Jim Butcher, to name only a few.

Scene & Sequel is a SUPER powerful tool! But it can be challenging to fully grasp—and even tougher to put into action. Good news! Kathleen developed an EASY TO UNDERSTAND method. She distilled the process, and in this hands-on workshop she gives you cheat sheets and examples. She’ll walk you through how to apply the power of Scene and Sequel to your current manuscript.

Scene & Sequel WORKS! Kathleen uses it in her award-winning bestselling novels. To date she has had more than eight producers, screenwriters, and directors vying for options on her latest YA series, A School for Unusual Girls. The first option she agreed to was with a Paramount producer, Ian Bryce, producer of Spiderman, Transformers, Saving Private Ryan, and other notable films.


Kathleen Baldwin

Kathleen Baldwin has written several award-winning Regency romantic comedies including Mistaken Kiss, a Holt Medallion Finalist. Her alternate history for teens, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, was a Junior Library Guild selection. Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave her a starred review in their “Best of the Best” for High Schools. The New York Times called it “enticing from the first sentence.” Texas library Association awarded Kathleen the Spirit of Texas for their 2016 middle school reading programs. Scholastic licensed her books for school book fairs. REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS, Book 3 in the Stranje House series, recently won a 2018 Booksellers’ Best award.
Her latest series is currently under option for the third time.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls Kathleen’s romantic Regency adventure series, “completely original and totally engrossing.”



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