Get some backbone: Plotting Essentials


Make your story construction (in fiction and nonfiction) conscious and purposeful by delivering the characters (and the reader) from one state to another and having your story arc in all the right places. Join writer Marcia Walker for this evening master class in craft as she discusses the many ways to build events in your story to excite, innovate, and inform.

Next Session: Monday, November 25, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST
Online via Interactive Video Conference


What is plot? What is story? What makes us keep reading and what makes us lose interest? All stories must travel and with each moment, the causal relationships between characters bring them into clarity or new states of being. When the writer does this well, we don’t even notice. We’re magically gripped in the events and conflicts of the characters. When it’s clunky or awkwardly written, we tend to put the book down and not return.

In this 1.5 hour master class in writing craft, writer Marcia Walker discusses the hidden layers of plot and the many ways a to build events in your story to thrill your reader and make them lean in and not want to leave until the last page has ended. Discussion, exercises, and sample readings will show you how to take on causality, metafiction, character-based plotting and the benefits and pitfalls of outlining in your work.

For all levels of writer working in fiction and nonfiction


Next Session: Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m. EST

90 minutes

Online via Interactive Video Conferencing

Marcia Walker

Instructor Bio

Marcia Walker, Writing Instructor for One Lit Place at onelitplace.comMarcia Walker’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York TimesFiddleheadPrism internationalRoomEventAntigonish ReviewUniversity of Toronto MagazineThis MagazineThe Globe and MailCBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, the Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux fiction award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.


How the Online Workshop Works

  • After enrolling, you will receive an email with information about your workshop
  • Five minutes before the workshop begins, you will receive your secure link to the private video conference for the master class.