Plotting and Planning

Plotting and Planning

Let Kate Forsyth help you navigate through your novel.

This course is ideal for: Fiction writers looking for more structure who want to learn from an international bestselling author

You will learn:
The basic formula for all stories
Intuitive approach versus the analytical approach
The seven basic plots you need to know
How to keep your reader glued to your plot
And much more






Online live
Starts Saturday 18 July 2020 , 10am–12:30pm AEST
2 consecutive mornings
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‘If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’

This age-old adage has some truth to it, but many writers feel that planning their story stifles their creativity or takes all the fun out of the writing process. The truth is that writing a novel without a plan is like going on a journey without a map. You are likely to get lost! You will also waste a great deal of time or, even worse, give up on your writing journey altogether, deciding it’s all too hard.

A strong plot is vital for a story to succeed. In this course, you’ll learn exactly what you need to do to ensure your plot results in a powerful and riveting story.

Learn Online Live with Kate Forsyth

In this unique course, you will spend two mornings with internationally best-selling author Kate Forsyth. You will have an incredible opportunity to learn from one of Australia's best novelists.

Kate will equip you with practical techniques to help plot your novel – from the very first idea to the final narrative arc.

With our Online Live courses, you participate online from the comfort of your own home in a live Zoom video-based classroom. Kate and your classmates are right there with you in real time as you learn the essential elements of plotting and planning and apply them to your own work.

Why plot?

Plot is one of the three key components of any narrative, and yet many writers fail to understand exactly what it is, or how to create one. A strong, compelling plot keeps your readers turning the pages long after lights should have gone out. It makes them laugh and cry and gasp and shiver. Yet building a plot is not nearly as difficult as most people fear. All it takes is a little planning.

There are many different ways to plan a novel, and many different ways to build a plot. This two-part masterclass on Plotting and Planning teaches you the techniques you need to make sure you don’t lose the plot.

This course has motivated me to start working on my novel. I was constantly thinking of ways I could use the tools I learnt and apply them to my own work.

- Kimberly Williams

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • What is a plot, anyway?
  • The intuitive approach versus the analytical approach.
  • The narrative arc.
  • The seven basic plots (or are there only three?).
  • Turning an idea into a plan – mind-mapping & brainstorming.
  • 10 points to always remember.
  • And much more.

This topic is such an important one
so this course is something I think every writer needs!

- Catherine Pelosi

The course will also include a Q&A session where Kate Forsyth will help you fix your own plot holes.


We’ll bring the world-class course content, industry-savvy presenters and a diverse community of like-minded people.
You just bring yourself.