This course is for beginning writers who'd like to learn how to plot and write fiction more efficiently.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Basics of story structure

  • Three-act structure and The Hero's Journey plot templates

  • The five crucial scenes in your plot to help you start the story

  • Creating plot lines and weaving in subplots

  • Following storytelling devices used in screenwriting to assist in creating fiction plots

  • Recommended books on plotting stories

After taking the course, you should be able to:

  • Create a basic three-act storyline

  • Know when and how to use subplots

  • Map out the major scenes and plot points in your story

  • Identify each major sequence of events in your story and know where they should appear in your story

  • Identify key moments that serve as plot points or turning points in your story

  • Produce a rough road map of your story using the five crucial scenes and filling in the remaining story beats and plot points as you go

Course Curriculum

  • 2

    Lesson One

    • Prepare to Plot Your Story

    • Logline Formula

    • Exercise 1

  • 3

    Lesson Two

    • Three-Act Structure

    • Three-Act Structure Diagram

    • Exercise 2

  • 4

    Lesson Three

    • The Hero's Journey

    • Hero's Journey Beat Sheet

    • Hero's Journey Story Beats Slide

    • Exercise 3

  • 5

    Lesson Four

    • Organizing the Story Beats

    • Screenplay for 'Chinatown'

    • Beat Sequence - Slides

    • Plot Breakdown of 'Chinatown'

    • Exercise 4

  • 6

    Lesson Five

    • Five Crucial Plot Points to Start With

    • Five Plot Points

  • 7

    Lesson Six

    • Subplots and Conclusion

    • Recommended Reading

  • 8

    Next steps

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About the instructor

Author and Screenwriter

Debbi Mack

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