Writing Workshop

July 2018 Summer Novel-Writing Workshop

Back by popular demand, Muscle-up the Gut of Your Story: How to Write the Novel returns as an fully-online Skype class. Here’s what’s going on…

Students will learn to chart out a full-blown novel outline in order to complete their novels in an organized fashion. You will use plot points with focus on your story’s climax, which should guide your storytelling from the beginning, to the middle, and finally, to the end. (Participation: minimum 5/maximum 15)

Here’s the Description of the July 2018 4-week Workshop

Over this 4-week course, students will concentrate on how to outline their story idea using Susan’s method which employs pitch points as a means to build in risk, heightened suspense, and pacing. Students will build their story’s outline in order to create a skeletal novel that they will be able to fill in after completing the class.At the end of this class, students will be able to take any viable story idea, outline that idea, and then write their novels to completion in an efficient and effective manner.

How this will work: I will be delivering handouts and other materials via email so when you sign-up, you’ll be asked for an email address. Students will also be sending me their homework via email.

Starting Monday, July 9th, 2018, we will meet via Skype at 8AM Pacific Standard time (11AM Eastern), or 4PM West Central Africa time for participants living in Namibia.

  • Week 1, July 9, 2018: Introduction, how to outline, as well as character, conflict and setting
  • Week 2, July 16, 2018: Character arc and story arc. Also, pitch points and how they fit into the outline
  • Week 3, July 23, 2018: Building the climax of the story and infusing pitch points for the beginning of the story, and finally,
  • Week 4, July 30, 2018: Infusing pitch points for the middle of the story as well as learning denouement, epiphany and connecting the story arc from the beginning to the end

What You Will Need…

Beginning to advanced writing skills. All homework will be written in Word and submitted via email. You will need to have access to Skype and connect with me using my handle susan_wingate. Please also purchase my how-write book entitled,  “Muscle-up the Gut of Your Story: How to Write the Novel” by Susan Wingate for only $7.99. We will be using this text for the four weeks.

Tuition/Fees for this course



Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestseller and an award-winning author of books that span the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, inspirational and Christian fiction, fantasy, memoir, and writing how-to’s. Her novels are recommended for teenagers, young adults, and for older adults who are young at heart! Visit her website and her blog.

Coming June 15th!