The University of Iowa

Muddy Water: Controlling Plot, Subplots, and Plot Points in Your Novel

Weekend June 20 to June 21 2020

How do you create a strong and exciting plot in your novel? How do you connect the plot with various subplots? How do you place plot points effectively throughout your story? This class will help you to develop or strengthen your novel’s main plot. It will also help you to better understand the use of subplots and the purpose of plot points. To write a great novel it is crucial to recognize how the plot, subplots and plot points create the main sequence of events and figure out the best way to use them to move your story from beginning to end. This workshop is designed for primarily new writers who are starting with only a story idea or those with just a few completed chapters.


In this workshop, we will critique writing you bring from home; provide feedback on writing you produce in our weekend.

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