Outline Workshops

An outline is a skinny draft of your synopsis. For sample synopses, see IMDB synopses of some of your favorite films. An outline is also a rundown of your plot, so it may not be as exciting as a query, which is more focused on selling your book.

Format-wise, you can go chapter by chapter, according to timeline, or by Act I, Act II, Act III–your choice. Try to write in complete sentences for clarity. Make sure you introduce the who/where/when, give the central conflict (what), and if you haven’t decided on the ending, provide some possibilities so you can ask readers for suggestions.

Stuck? Try this: Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes

More resources: Outlining: Why & How

M 10/7: Erika, Ryan, Edward, & Charles will be workshopped. They will bring in 15 copies of their outlines (of about a page) W 10/2. Everyone must write each of them a peer review letter and bring it the day of workshop to receive credit for peer review.

W 10/9: Rennai, Mike, JJ & Alyson will be workshopped. They will bring in 15 copies of their outlines M 10/7. Everyone must write each of them a peer review letter and bring it the day of workshop to receive credit for peer review.

M 10/14: Frank, Jacob, Shon, Natalie, will be workshopped. They will bring in 15 copies of their outlines 10/9. Everyone must write each of them a peer review letter and bring it the day of workshop to receive credit for peer review.

W 10/16: Kenzie & Vanessa will be workshopped. They will bring in 15 copies of their outlines 10/14. Everyone must write each of them a peer review letter and bring it the day of workshop to receive credit for peer review.

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