Max attendees per session: 16


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 down your manuscript 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.



(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: Elements of Plot Workshop before you proceed.


Dear Plot Chat 201 Participants,


We are so excited to have you in this workshop! PLEASE make a note of which session you have signed up for. (First Session: Noon-2:45pm, Second Session: 3:15-6pm.) 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 workshop 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: The survey linked in this welcome letter is for PLOT CHAT 201 ONLY. If taking an additional workshop, you may be asked to fill out a form for that workshop as well. Please follow all directions pertaining to EACH workshop.)



March 5th, 2020        Last day to receive a refund for workshop cancellation.

March 12th, 2020      General information due using the link HERE

April 2nd, 2020           Instructor/Group assignments will be emailed.

April 9th, 2020            A one to two page synopsis due to your mentor and group (see below).

May 7th, 2020             Day of Workshop.


This workshop will be broken into two parts. For the first, Brittany Larsen will instruct you on the literary conventions and obligatory scenes found in different genres as well as how to break down your manuscript into three parts. As the manuscript is broken down, you will look for the conventions and scenes needed in your work and also the five essential components important to each part of your manuscript.

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

The second part, and the majority of our workshop, will be talking through your plot with your assigned instructor and fellow group members. This will be your opportunity to talk through the plot problems you’ll find as we break down your manuscript in the first part of the workshop.



  • 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.



When you arrive, check in at registration on the 3rd floor. From there, proceed to room Cascade B. Please locate the table with your instructor’s name. (If you’ve forgotten your instructor’s name, don’t worry, we’ll have that information for you at the registration desk.) *All workshops are located on the 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.

A snack will be provided for all Thursday Workshop attendess between the first and second session (2:45-3:15pm).


PLEASE  NOTE: We have asked our instructors to confirm receipt of your synopsis within 3 business days of submission. If you do not receive confirmation, or if you do not receive further information by our specified dates, please check your spam and other folders. If you still haven’t heard from us, please email, allowing up to 3 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 5th. 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 5th, 2020.


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



Brittany Larsen, Plot Chat 201 Lead Instructor

Natalee Cooper, Thursday Workshop Coordinator