Novel Plotting,
with Kris Neri

Saturday, February 19, 2022

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.



This workshop will focus on moving from premise to plot. Many newer writers report that they’re great at coming up with intriguing story ideas, but they don’t always know how to break those big ideas down into workable parts that actually allow them to write effectively. Award-winning author and writing instructor, Kris Neri, will show writers how to focus their novels, moving step-by-step through the novel-planning process, exploring first, the Central Problem concept. They will then move onto a discussion of the value of writing a dust jacket description, which helps highlight the essential characters, conflicts, and drama of their narratives. From there, this workshop will explore the importance of backstory, the illusive hidden story, and the way antagonism functions in different categories of fiction, and how those together can will help writers to avoid plot holes. Finally, the workshop will address the 3-act structure for fiction and will look at how it dovetails with the Central Problem and the essential nature of story.

Kris Neri’s latest novel and her first mainstream fiction, Hopscotch Life, an accept yourself in all your glory novel, was a recent New Mexico-Arizona Book Award winner. Kris also writes the Tracy Eaton mysteries, featuring the daughter of eccentric Hollywood stars, and the Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty magical series, which feature a questionable psychic who teams up with a contemporary goddess/FBI agent. Her novels have been honored by such prestigious awards as the: Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Lefty, International Book Award, NM-AZ Book Award, and others. Her novels have been three-time Lefty Award finalists for humor, and two have won the NM-AZ Award. She also teaches writing for the prestigious Writers’ Program of the UCLA Extension School, and other organizations, such as the Sisters in Crime Guppy Chapter. She can be reached her through her website: