Bones and Narrative Energy: The Synopsis as a Roadmap
with author Meg Eden Kuyatt
Monday, May 8, 2023
A limited number of critiques are available. See the registration below for more information.
(Presentations will be recorded. All participants registered prior to the event will receive the recording links.)
When an agent or editor requests a synopsis, the process of honing our novel down into such a small space can be dread-inducing. However, writing a synopsis can help us reflect on the larger themes and values of our work, helping us focus and tighten our narrative structure–or even lay out a road map for a future project. In this workshop, we’ll use the synopsis as a frame for discussing the bones and beats of plot, as well as using it as a guiding light through the drafting and editing process. In our time together, we’ll practice getting to the heart of our projects through writing a one-line pitch, and using that pitch to outline our synopses.
*Registration for the webinar closes 5am the morning of the event.
Get to know your instructor:
Meg Eden Kuyatt is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and teaches creative writing at colleges and writing centers. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature winning poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (Press 53, 2020) and children’s novels, most recently “Good Different,” a JLG Gold Standard selection (Scholastic, 2023). Find her online at https://linktr.ee/medenauthor.
CRITIQUES:(at additional cost of $60)
For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.
For PB, send one full picture book manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document.
For MG/YA, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis. (US Letter paper size-Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.)
⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.
⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.
Example: Kuyatt_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS
⇒Then send your file to Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).
Submission deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023.
We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Tuesday, June 13, 2023.
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