Come learn the art of plot revision! At a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, this workshop will teach you where to start and how to pinpoint problems with plot and character. During this hands-on instruction course, you’ll learn how to break your manuscript down into three parts, and then make sure each part has five essential plot points. We’ll also talk about the obligatory scenes and conventions readers expect to find in different genres, why they are important, and whether your manuscript has them. NOTE: Participants should have a completed (or close-to completed) manuscript and either a printed or digital copy of their manuscript to edit during this amazing workshop!



(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 201 Workshop before you proceed.)


Dear Plot Chat 201 Participants,

We are so excited to have you in this workshop! We hope you will walk away from this experience with a firm understanding of how to take your first draft to the next level and also the tools to do so. 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. 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.

May 9th, 2019 Day of Workshop.


Our workshop will be broken into two parts. For the first part, Brittany Larsen will instruct you on the literary conventions and obligatory scenes found in different genres and how to break down your manuscript into three parts. As we break down your manuscript, you’ll look for the conventions and scenes you need and also the five essential components each part of your manuscript needs.

Sound confusing? Don’t worry, it will all make sense as we talk it through.

The second part of our workshop will be talking through your plot with your assigned mentor and three other attendees in your group. This will be your opportunity to talk through the plot problems you’ll find as we break down your manuscript in the first half of the workshop.

Except for filling out the link above (due March 14th,) you won’t need to send anything in beforehand, but please come prepared with the following:

  •     A completed (or close to complete) manuscript you are in the process of or planning to revise. This can be a hard or digital copy
  •     A notebook – We recommend a foolscap notepad (the yellow, lined, legal pads). Foolscap notepads will allow you to fit all of your manuscript breakdown info on one page.
  •     A good attitude and willingness to learn and share.


WORKSHOP DAY INSTRUCTIONS: When you arrive, check in at registration. From there, proceed to the room marked PLOT CHAT 201:ELEMENTS OF PLOT 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’ll 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 have any questions, please make sure you’ve read over the welcome letter and workshop description carefully. If you still have any questions, you may email, allowing up to 3 business days for a response. 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 aren’t able to give refunds after March 7th, 2019.


Brittany Larsen, Plot Chat 201 Lead Instructor


Crystal Liechty and Natalee Cooper

Thursday Workshop Co-Chairs


Plot Chat 201 Instructors

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

Sian Bessey

Stephanie Black

Brittany Larson

Becca Wilhite