Is your plot flat, lifeless, or sagging in the middle? Are you struggling to plot out a series or weave in engaging subplots? New for 2019, this workshop, with a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, will offer attendees targeted plot help by a knowledgeable instructor in one of the following categories: Sagging Middles, Subplots, or Plotting a Series. Once registered, we will provide a link to a questionnaire where you can choose which PLOT CHAT table is best for you!



(Please note that due to the volume of emails we send and receive, we are no longer emailing initial instructions for this workshop. All the information you need for this workshop is listed below!

*You must be registered for the Plot Chat Workshop before you proceed.)

Dear Plot Chat 2019 Participants,


We are so excited to have you in this workshop! You will be spending your session (either first 12:00-2:45 or second 3:15-6:00) in a group with one highly qualified instructor and three fellow attendees. Your 1-2 page synopsis will be shared with your instructor and group members in advance. (You’ll receive this list on April 4th.) In order to ensure a successful workshop experience, please follow all instructions carefully. (NOTE: Please fill out a survey for EVERY workshop session you signed up for per their respective Welcome Letter link.)



March 7th, 2019 Last day to receive a refund for workshop cancellation.

March 14th, 2019 General information due using the link HERE

April 4th, 2019      Instructor/Group assignments will be emailed.

April 11th, 2019    1-2 page Synopsis due.

May 9th, 2019 Day of Workshop.

*Note: Group members are expected to thoughtfully review each other’s synopsis. While actual critiques are not required, some instructors may give an opportunity to offer (brief) verbal feedback.


The PLOT CHAT workshop is specifically for projects that need help in one of the following areas:

  1.    Finished but not getting picked up by agents, editors, or publishers.
  2.    Mostly complete, but with a few holes or sagging spots.
  3.    Thoroughly conceptualized or outlined (meaning the writer is familiar enough with their plot and characters to answer extensive questions, including series projects.)


New for our 2019 PLOT CHAT, we are putting our focus on three specific areas: Sagging Middles, Subplots, and Plotting a Series. There will be a box in our General information link above to specify the best fit for your plot needs.

WORKSHOP DAY INSTRUCTIONS: When you arrive, check in at registration. From there, proceed to the room marked PLOT CHAT where you’ll find a table with your instructor’s name. If you’ve forgotten your instructor’s name, don’t worry, we’ll have that information for you. *All workshops will be located on same floor as registration.

During the workshop, you will give input on your fellow attendees’ stories as your instructor requests. Please do participate, but remember to be respectful of time. When the instructor moves to the next participant, the discussion of your own story will be closed, and all focus will move to the next attendee.

While having the spotlight on your work can be nerve-wracking, workshops are many people’s favorite day of the conference! If you’ve never been, prepare to have a great time, meet new friends, and get expert advice from one of our fantastic instructors.

For those attending two workshops, a snack will be provided between sessions.

PLEASE  NOTE: If you do not receive information by our specified dates, please check your spam and other folders. If you haven’t heard from us, please email, allowing up to 3 business days for a response. Sometimes there can be a problem with an email server, and we don’t want you to miss your instructions! Last day to receive a refund for workshop cancellation is March 7th. If you find you must cancel after this day, kindly let us know so we can give your spot to someone on our waiting list, but note, we are not able to give refunds after March 7th, 2019.

The conference is going to be so wonderful, and we can’t wait to share it with you!



Caitlyn McFarland, Plot Chat Lead Instructor


Crystal Liechty and Natalee Cooper

Thursday Workshop Co-Chairs


Plot Chat instructors

*Instructors will be assigned, though we do match attendees with instructors as best we can!

Traci Abramson, Cindy Baldwin, Jenny Bennett, Caitlyn McFarland, Charlie Holmberg, Shaela Kay Odd, 

Matt Kirby, Heather Moore, AL Sowards, Dave Wolverton