Blueprint Your Book: Building a Solid Book Structure, with Susanne Dunlap

The idea of structure often strikes fear in writers. But it needn’t! In this workshop, we examine and put into practice the underlying principles that lead to a structure that hangs together, that follows the cause-and-effect trajectory that keeps readers turning the pages. We’ll dig into the specifics of your book project and you’ll start to build your structure in a logical, cohesive way to help prevent your manuscript from going off the rails as you write forward. This is also a great workshop when you’re in the revision process. It can help you identify plot holes and inconsistencies so you can zoom in and tidy them up.

Saturday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Susanne Dunlap is the author of ten historical novels for adults and teens. Her young adult novel The Musician’s Daughter was a Junior Library Guild selection and a Bankstreet Children’s Book of the Year, and it was nominated for the Missouri Gateway Readers Prize and the Utah Book AwardHer novels Listen to the Wind and The Spirit of Fire are the first volumes of a medieval trilogy for adults, The Orphans of Tolosa. Listen to the Wind is a finalist for the Chaucer Awards for Pre-1750 Historical Fiction and a Distinguished Favorite in the NYC Big Book Awards. Susanne has a PhD in music history from Yale University and is an Author Accelerator Advanced Certified Book Coach.