Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Writing Workshop: Planning Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Just a heads up that my monthly post is up over at Pub Crawl, where I'm talking about the benefits of a small writers' conference. Come on over and say hello!

Start the new year off with a writing bookshop!

If you're in the Atlanta area this January, I'm giving a free novel-planning workshop at the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library.

Planning Your Novel in 10 Easy Steps will cover the key turning points of plot and how to find those points in your story idea. You'll learn a simple process to find and develop the key novel elements, from creating characters to determining the conflict to crafting the major plot points. Explore how to use goals, conflicts, and stakes to build a story and develop characters, and how to approach a story in a way that will make it easier to write and be more marketable to agents, editors, and readers.

There will be a mix of lectures, discussion, and writing exercises, so bring pen and paper (or laptop or pad).

When: Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Where: Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA

Cost: It's FREE!

To register:
Contact Stephanie Moody, Southern Breeze/SCBWI Local Liaison at or phone Karen at NESO 770-360-8820. You must register to attend.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Southern Breeze in association with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system.


  1. ..any chance this was recorded for those of us not in Georgia?

    1. It wasn't, I'm afraid. It looks like I'll be doing it again this year though, so hopefully one of those conferences will be near you. I'll be announcing my 2015 event dates soon.