Learn the different approaches to novel writing: "plotting" and "pantsing"
Discover different novel structure perspectives, including acts, character beats, and character arcs
Work on a plot grid using a provided template to bring your story to life
Identify your ideal approach to story development by choosing which tools resonate with you
About this course:
Aspiring and experienced authors alike struggle with the eternal question: plot it or pants it? Can you do a little of both? How? In this practical course, you will learn three techniques to plot your novel whether you prefer to follow a structural outline or let the muse move you. This webinar will include a lecture that explains novel structure from three perspectives: the three acts, character beats, and character arcs. You will receive a plot grid template (worksheet) as well as guidance using the tool to create a functional plot grid or storyboard for your story. Whether you prefer to plot/outline or let the muse move you, if you’ve ever struggled with what to write and where in the novel it belongs, this course will guide you through structuring the essential elements of your story that will work whether you’re writing your first book or simply your most recent.
Enrollment opens two weeks prior to the event. Enrollment limited; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.
This course is held via video teleconference. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer a live class meeting at the designated time. Students must be present at the course meeting time to participate in the class.
Internet access required to access course materials.
Sat Jul 22, 2023
10:00AM PT - 1:00PM PT
UCLA X Open
Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.