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YWW September Online: ‘Ring Structure: Shortcut to Fixing your Broken Plot’, with Erin Riha

September 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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YWW September Online: ‘Ring Structure: Shortcut to Fixing your Broken Plot’, with Erin Riha

The Young Willamette Writers kicks off the new school year with a visit from Young Adult author Erin Riha. Erin will be speaking on “Ring Structure: Shortcut to Fixing your Broken Plot.” There are so many ways to plot a novel. Whether you plot it on a line, a grid, an angle, or a W, having a solid plot structure can make or break your novel. But how do you know if you’ve done it right? What do you do when you realize—too late—that something isn’t working? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple tool to double-check your plot points and make sure they do what they’re supposed to? That’s where Ring Structure comes into play.

In this session, we’ll review the key elements of successful plot structure and compare different popular plotting techniques. Then, we’ll bend that plot structure and put it to the test using the core concepts of ring plot structure. We’ll dig into why it’s critical to pair your plot points in order to craft a compelling story, and if we have time, we’ll apply those standards to our own work. If you’ve ever wished you had a tool to double-check or “fix” your plot structure, this talk is for you!


The combined Southern OR and Portland YWW meeting will be held on Saturday, September 4, from 10:00-11:30 am. We’ll be on Zoom, hopefully for the last time. (Please check back on this space before then in case we manage to snag a place to get together in person.) Any student in middle or high school is welcome to attend our meetings, which are free. Just have a parent email yww@willamettewriters.org to ask for the Zoom link. We’re happy to have you!


About Author

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Erin Riha is the author of But for the Mountains (finalist for the Oregon Book Award in the young adult category) and Of Wind and Tide. She writes YA fantasy novels about ambitious girls who don’t know they’re not supposed to exceed expectations. She has a law degree and a deep reverence for the power of using exactly the right word in exactly the right moment. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two very noisy boys.



September 4, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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