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"Plotting Your Book with Scenes and Narrative Arcs" with Stuart Horwitz

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ACC Highland Campus, rm 2102
6101 Airport Blvd.
Austin, TX 78752

11/11/2017 From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Online registration for this class has closed. You can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $89 for members and $149 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. Thank you!

$79 for members (sign in for member pricing)

*Price includes a copy of Book Architecture by Stuart Horwitz


Do you want to draft an outline of your book but not sure how?

Do outlines feel too restrictive, but without them you get lost?

Writers often talk about their process from two different camps: The Outliner, who meticulously scripts every writing session, and The Pantser, who pilots solely by feel. In reality, most writers combine some form of these two types. This class will introduce writers to a process for organization and revision that includes in-depth exercises.

In this class, participants will learn what “plotting” actually means and why there isn’t one narrative arc but several; how to make sure your book has one “theme” – and one theme only; how to separate your work into scenes and use this disassembly to diagnose what’s going wrong with your manuscript; and the secret to why some narratives feel like they are all coming together at an emotional pay-off while others do not.

Everyone who registers for the class will receive a copy of Book Architecture, Horwitz's practical craft-of-writing guide, which offers different detailed outlines based on well-known books that anyone can adapt to their own work.



  • You're working on a novel or memoir, and you're trying to find a structure for your work that keeps the pages turning but isn't formulaic.
  • You're searching for a unifying concept to tie all of your subplots together.



Stuart Horwitz is a ghostwriter, independent editor, and founder and principal of Book Architecture ( Book Architecture’s clients have reached the best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields. He is the author of three books on writing: Blueprint Your Bestseller (Penguin/Perigee), which was named one of 2013’s best books about writing by The Writer magazine, Book Architecture (2015) which became an Amazon bestseller, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts which was released in June of 2016.



Austin Community College, Highland Campus, Room 2102. You can find an ACC campus map here.



$79 members (sign in for member pricing)

$139 nonmembers

*Price includes a copy of Book Architecture by Stuart Horwitz

Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, November 9. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $89 for members and $149 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank Austin Community College for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit