“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

“To write fiction, one needs a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations.” – Aldous Huxley

Reading Assignments:

1.) Four Ways to Plot a Trilogy – by Kristen Kieffer
2.) Plot Structures for Books in a Series – by the Editors at Scribendi
3.) How to Outline a series – by K.M. Weiland
4.) How To Write a Series – by Writer’s Edit (Read the section on “Planning your series” steps 1-2.)


Writing Assignments:

1.) What is the inciting incident of your series? Where is your series headed in the end? 


Class Discussion:

1.) Discuss the articles you read. Where there any that were more helpful than others? List 1-2 things you learned that maybe you hadn’t known or thought of before. This is also a good place to reintroduce yourself, if necessary.

Getting in the Mood:

1.) Write for 15 minutes: 
2.) Split into smaller groups. Each person gets a chance to read their 15 minutes of writing. 
3.) After each person reads, others give feedback: a) What worked? b) What needs more work? Be as specific as you can.

Group Assignments:


NOTES: I think this should tie back into the question of whether this needs to be a series as well as the last lesson, and this is also maybe a good intro to the world building lesson. I’d have them write about what the big story/history/themes are in the world their characters are in, how that affects the story they’re writing, and brainstorm what other stories that invites.