Pain-Free Plotting for the Creative Writer

Pain-Free Plotting for the Creative Writer

$95 Limited inc GST
Pain-Free Plotting for the Creative Writer

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Pain-Free Plotting for the Creative Writer – Sydney Course

Want to write a novel but unsure where to start? Started writing but ran out of steam after the first few chapters? Not sure what your characters are supposed to be doing? Using various creative writing techniques, this workshop will help you plan the basic framework on which to hang your story with minimum confusion and maximum creativity.

Learn from Award-winning Australian fiction author, Paula Roe, who will show you how to create your very own A3 storyboard for pain-free narrative plotting! You will gain clarity about your story and characters, main themes, key turning points, where the story is going and have lots of hands-on opportunities to work on your story. By the end of this workshop, you will walk away with a complete basic storyline of your novel plotted on an A3 storyboard for you to take home.

  • Paula Roe is a regular Borders Books bestseller and one of only five Australian authors who write for Harlequin Desire, a line published by Harlequin Enterprises, the biggest romance publisher in the world. Harlequin books go out to over 28 countries and are translated into 28 languages in 114 international markets on six continents. Before publication, Paula’s writing won and placed in various contests, including Wisconsin Romance Writers Fabulous Five Silver Quill, Magnolia State Dixie First Chapter, Romance Writers of Australia’s Emerald Award and the Valerie Parv Award.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course you will cover:


  • What is your story about and why do you need a plot?
  • Who are your characters and what are their roles?
  • Goal/motivation/conflict
  • Class discussion

What is plot?

  • Cause and effect/The Three Act Structure/The hero’s journey
  • class discussion

Turning points

  • practical development of your story plot board
  • hands-on writing

Where to from here

  • Resources and industry info
  • question time/revisit sessions/class discussion

Course Outcome

Students will learn:

  • how to define a plot, structure and story
  • the value of theme, cause and effect
  • what are turning points
  • various methods of plotting
  • how to develop their own story plot board

By the end of the course students will:

  • have an understanding of plotting methods
  • have a complete basic storyline of their novel plotted on a take-away A3 storyboard

What to bring

Please bring a:

  • Pen and notepad

Other Information:

  • No textbook required
  • Comprehensive course notes provided


The ability to read and write in English at an intermediate level or higher.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered in a classroom with notes and student discussion/interaction.

Course testimonials:

  • Garry said: Paula is a very knowledgeable and articulate teacher with much insight from her own experience. Highly recommended. I would gladly attend another course taught by Paula.