Plot Your Book: Scene by Scene

Plot Your Book: Scene by Scene

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  • You're a writer who finds plot overwhelming
  • You're a writer who tends to "over-plot"
  • You're a writer who has trouble finishing a novel
  • You're a writer who finds their story sagging in the middle
  • You're a writer who wants to revise a plot
  • You're a writer who is brand new to plotting


Over-plotter, under-plotter? Struggles with plot are common among writers at all levels. This presentation takes the guess-work out of plotting by teaching you the key scenes that build your plot backbone, providing a refresher on the elements of a scene, and breaking down the specific kinds of scenes you'll need at each of the three key Acts of a novel. Plots, after all, are simply stories comprised of well-placed and stylized scenes.

Jordan E. Rosenfeld brings over a decade of experience in teaching students how to use scenes to transform writing. She believes that scenes are fiction's "magic ingredient" - activating writing so that your readers are drawn palpably into the experience of your character's story, versus the flat habits of summarizing and expository writing. A former freelance journalist, she can help you to learn the difference between passive "telling" of a story and powerful, active demonstrating of a fantastic plot.

If you'd like to simplify the plot process and no longer be overwhelmed by what comes next, so you can focus on the work of writing powerful characters and transformative stories, you won't want to miss this presentation.


  • The essential ingredients of a scene
  • The five key "lynchpin" scenes that build your plot backbone
  • The importance of First and Final scenes
  • How a plot is a journey of character transformation
  • Your scenes in three Acts
  • How to add plot information to every scene


Jordan E. Rosenfeld, MFA, is author of the novel Forged in Grace, and the writing guides Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton) and the forthcoming: A Writer's Guide to Surrender: A Tool-kit to Build and Bolster a Lasting Writing Practice. Jordan's essays and articles have appeared in such publications as, Marin Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times, Whole Life Times, The Writer and Writer's Digest magazine. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio. She teaches popular writing courses through her website: and will be leading a series of plot and scene retreats with The Plot Whisperer, Martha Alderson starting in May, 2014. She earned her MFA in creative writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars.

She is also the creator and former host of Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others on KRCB, which won an NEA Chairman's grant in 2004.

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