Pathway to Plotting, with Jacqueline Sheehan

Is your book a collection of scenes or is it a well-structured story? Great scenes can be so satisfying to write, but a book is more than a collection of moments strung together, no matter how perfect those moments may be. What is the secret sauce that makes great stories work? In this two-part workshop, bestselling novelist Jacqueline Sheehan will distill those key ingredients of plot and character transformation, as well as exploring fifteen essential beats of a story.  This second workshop will teach writers how to build a pathway forward for their main characters with a fifteen-beat sheet which is widely used by screenwriters. In this three-hour workshop, we will learn all fifteen beats (or plot points), then experiment with writing a few, taking us to a midpoint in our stories. 

This workshop will be held online.

Saturday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ($75)

Jacqueline Sheehan, PhD is the New York Times bestselling author of The Comet’s Tale, Lost & Found, Now & Then, Picture This, The Center of the World, and The Tiger in the House. She writes NPR commentaries, travel articles, and essays including the New York Times column, “Modern Love.” She edited the anthology, Women Writing in Prison. Jacqueline teaches workshops at Grub Street in Boston and around the world. Find out more at