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Create Compelling Plots in 500 Words or Fewer

Saturday, August 3
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Garden A/B

It doesn’t take a lot of space on the page to build a great plot. In this workshop, Nevin Mays will discuss reproducible techniques for creating an exciting, page-turning plot within a limited word count. Find out how to exploit page turns for maximum excitement, and where to place the low and high points of your plot while still leaving room for a tidy—and fun—resolution.


Nevin Mays

Nevin Mays has worked in publishing for more than fifteen years with publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette, Scholastic, and Disney. She worked in-house as an acquiring editor and list manager as well as a developmental editor and copyeditor, before opening her independent editorial services business in Portland. In addition to teaching Children’s Book Publishing in the masters in book publishing program at Portland State University, she is currently the baby bard at Green Bean Books and volunteers as a reading tutor and writing workshop facilitator throughout Portland.

Nevin Mays