Strengthen Your Story's Saggy Middle, with Jacqueline Sheehan

Most writers have a good sense of their story’s beginning, and they might even know the end, but it’s the saggy middle that can bog down the works. In fact, the middle is every bit as important as a compelling first page and transformative ending! In the mid-section of a story, the main character makes choices and confronts obstacles that alter the course of events.  The middle is where the stakes have to rise and the true grit of your character is revealed. In this half-day workshop, we will explore the essential elements–such as conflict, rising action and causality–that make the midsection of your story riveting enough to propel readers all the way through.  Participants will leave with an assortment of craft tools and a plan for how to tighten the center of their stories!
This workshop will be taught in-person with an online option.
Saturday, July 30, 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