A PATH TO PUBLISHING

The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran are here to support your author's journey

The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson and Literary Agent Jill Corcoran are here to support your author's journey.

WEEK ONE

Homework Completed:
Read Chapter 2 of PWWorkbook – Create Compelling Characters and Spirited Action
Complete the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your protagonist on pgs. 33 – 34 (for a further explanation using picture book example Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, refer to The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master pages 82 – 86)
Complete the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for any other major or secondary characters on pgs. 35 - 36
Complete the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your major antagonist on pgs. 37 - 38

Q & A Discussion:
Introduction to this Picture Book Plot Workshop
Concept and picture books
Why plot is important in picture books 
Writing one or more picture books at a time
You're not doing it wrong if you can't plot an entire story out before you begin.


Each participant receives feedback on your concept as well as has the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Read Chapter 3 of PWWorkbook -- Making the Scene
List your scene or event ideas pg. 44

WEEK TWO
Homework Completed:
Read Chapter 3 of PWWorkbook -- Making the Scene
Listed your scene or event ideas pg. 44

Q & A Discussion:
What kind of Writer Are You?
Are you an action-driven writer? 
A character-driven writer? 
Don’t know? We’ll tell you.
Are you writing for yourself or for others?
Why it’s important you know your strengths and weaknesses as a writer
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Read Chapter 14 -- Find Your Thematic Bubble
Fill in the Thematic Significance Bubble Chart for your story on pgs. 196 - 197

WEEK THREE
Homework Completed:
Read Chapter 14 -- Find Your Thematic Bubble
Filled in the Thematic Significance Bubble Chart for your story on pgs. 196 - 197

Q & A Discussion:
Theme and picture books 
How themes influence character goals and character traits
How character goals direct the dramatic action plot
How character traits direct the character emotional development plot
What the action says about the lives and actions of the characters?
The essentials of a character arc.
Each participant receives feedback on your concept as well as have the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.

Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Chapter 4 of PWWorkbook -- Build Your Own Plot Planner
Fill in any Energetic Markers you can on pgs. 56 – 57

WEEK FOUR
Homework Completed:
Chapter 4 of PWWorkbook -- Build Your Own Plot Planner
Energetic Markers filled in on your Plot Planner on pgs. 56 – 57

Q & A Discussion:
How to keep the energy of your story high 
The pluses and minuses of writing picture books as a profession
How to sustain your enthusiasm for writing from beginning to end
How to sustain your enthusiasm for the querying process
Plot at the overall story level
Plot at the scene level
Each participant receives feedback on your concept as well as have the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.

ADVANCED PICTURE BOOK WORKSHOP
525.00

Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 & December 3 at 9:45-Noon PST
(No class Nov 26th) 

Workshop limited to 8 Authors-you will be reading your ms, receiving feedback, revising, and do it all over again the next week:)

In this 4-week Workshop Literary Agency Jill Corcoran and Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson will work with you on the word level of your picture book(s) as well as your pitch and query. 

Each Workshop = 2 1/4 hours per week x 4 weeks for a total of 9 hours of Online Video Chat Face-to-Face with Literary Agent Jill Corcoran and The Plot Whisperer Martha Alderson.

Each participant will receive weekly feedback as well as have the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.

The Advanced Picture Book Video Chat Workshop is a companion to the instructional How to Write & Sell Your PB Videos. The Videos + Homework Exercises give you the tools to revise your story. The Advanced PBVideo-Chat Workshop provides expert feedback and a professional consultation on the homework exercises as well as a forum for any questions you may have.

 

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WEEK ONE
Homework Completed:
Re-ead Chapter 4 of PWWorkbook -- Build Your Own Plot Planner
Re-evaluate Energetic Markers filled in on your Plot Planner on pgs. 56 – 57
Q & A Discussion:
How the Energetic Markers lead each one to the next & define the primary plot
The importance of developing a concept, take-away, pitch and query letter
Tricks to finding your concept and take-away
How to sustain your enthusiasm for the querying process
Each participant receives feedback on the turning points in your overall story and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Send the words of your picture book to Jill and Martha a day before class and come to class prepared to read your story to the group
Read Chapter 1 of PWWorkbook -- Prepare to Plot
Fill out Figure 5: Character Emotional Development / Transformation
Define your concept and take-away 

WEEK TWO
Homework Completed:
Sent the words of your picture book to Jill and Martha a day before class and are prepared to read your story to the group
Read Chapter 1 of PWWorkbook -- Prepare to Plot
Filled out Figure 5: Character Emotional Development / Transformation
Defined your concept and take away
Q & A Discussion:
Concept, Take-Away and First pages
How the Transformational (Inner) Plot shows up at the Beginning, Middle and Ending
Tricks to finding your pitch
Each participant receives feedback on the words of your story and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A 
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Rewrite your manuscript based on feedback during class (2 weeks for this)
Write a 2-sentence pitch for your story & send to Jill and Martha the day before class & come to class prepared to pitch
Re-read Chapter 2 of PWWorkbook – Create Compelling Characters and Spirited Action
Re-do the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your protagonist on pgs. 33 – 34 (do not refer back to any earlier profiles. Create the profile fresh (for a further explanation using picture book example Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, refer to The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master pages 82 – 86)
Re-do the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for any other major or secondary characters on pgs. 35 - 36
Re-do the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your major antagonist on pgs. 37 - 38

WEEK THREE
Homework Completed:
Rewriting your manuscript
Sent a 2-sentence pitch for your story to Jill and Martha the day before class & are prepared to pitch
Re-read Chapter 2 of PWWorkbook – Create Compelling Characters and Spirited Action
Completed the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your protagonist on pgs. 33 – 34 (did not refer back to any earlier profiles. Created the profile fresh (for a further explanation using picture book example Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, refer to The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master pages 82 – 86)
Completed the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for any other major or secondary characters on pgs. 35 - 36
Completed the Character Emotional Development/Transformation Profile for your major antagonist on pgs. 37 - 38
Q & A Discussion:
Pitch and picture books
Character arc
How the Character’s flaw affects the Dramatic Action plot
Each participant receives feedback on your pitch and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Re-write your pitch and send to Jill and Martha the day before class 

Send your re-written manuscript to Jill and Martha the day before class and come prepared to re-read your manuscript


WEEK FOUR
Homework Completed:
Re-wrote your pitch and sent to Jill and Martha the day before class

Sent your re-written manuscript to Jill and Martha the day before class and are prepared to re-read your manuscript

Q & A Discussion:
How many times to rewrite
Rewrite versus Revision
How to use the concept, take-away and pitch in your query letter
How to research appropriate agents for your story
Each participant receives feedback on your pitch and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Write a query letter and send to Jill and Martha the day before class and come prepared to read the letter in class
Re-read Chapter 14 -- Find Your Thematic Bubble
Fill in the Thematic Significance Bubble Chart for your story on pgs. 196 – 197

WEEK FIVE
Homework Completed:
Sent your query letter to Jill and Martha the day before class and are prepared to read the letter in class
Re-read Chapter 14 -- Find Your Thematic Bubble
Filled in the Thematic Significance Bubble Chart for your story on pgs. 196 - 197
Q & A Discussion:
Query letter tips and tricks
Querying dos and don’ts
How character traits direct the character transformation
How themes help define elements in a query letter
Each participant receives feedback on your query letter and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.
Next Week’s Homework Assignment:
Do homework for concept, pitch, query and/or final draft assigned you individually based on class performance 
Read Chapter 17: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End
Fill out charts on pgs. 216 - 219

WEEK SIX
Homework Completed:
Finished homework for concept, pitch, query and/or final draft assigned you individually based on class performance 
Read Chapter 17: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End
Filled in charts on pgs. 216 - 219
Q & A Discussion:
Final touches
Recommendations about when and how to query
The benefits and pitfalls of writers’ conferences
Each participant receives feedback on your story and the opportunity to ask general questions during the Q&A Discussion.