Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Planning Your Novel Workshop

Presented by Janice Hardy. Sponsored by Up In Cumming Writer's group.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll take your novel idea and develop it into a working plan or outline to guide you through the month (and beyond). Whether you're a plotter, puzzler, or a pantser, you'll learn techniques to flesh out your story and craft the right turning points to keep you focused and writing.
The workshop will break your story down to an easy-to-develop beginning, middle, and ending, structure, and help you find the right pieces you need to hit your daily word count goals. Determine your scene-advancing goals, find the stakes to motivate your characters, and create story worlds and people you can't wait to spend time with. With hands-on exercises, you’ll brainstorm and plan your novel in class, either solo or in groups (your choice). Bring your laptop and notebooks and get ready to work!

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Where: Holiday Inn Express, Cumming, GA (870 Buford Highway)

Time: 10am to 3pm, with a break for lunch.

On-line Registration: $89;
At the Door: $99.

Cost includes the book: Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, by Janice Hardy. Upon registration, you'll receive a sample copy of "Developing Your Idea."  
Janice Hardy is the author of The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She’s also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. For more information, please visit her website, or her writing site,

To Register

November is National Novel Writing Month, where over 300,000 participants world-wide commit to writing 50,000 words in the month of November. Now is the time to start planning your novel. October is the unofficial "get ready for NaNo" month, where writers plot out their novels and plan how they'll achieve those 50,000 words come November. To make the most of your November writing, make the most of your October planning. To participate in National Novel Writing Month, visit to register.

You do not need to register for National Novel Writing Month to participate in the Planning Your Novel Workshop.

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