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A Master Class on Plot + 3-Act5 Structure through SCBWI Dakotas

Date(s) - 02/22/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Join Dakotas SCBWI for a webinar  with TV writer and author, Sheryl Scarborough —


It’s not all Greek, I promise!

February 22, 2018, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. CST

3-Act Structure. ALL the pro writing teachers thump it like a one-size-fits-all, universal drum. John Truby, Martha Alderson, The Plot Whisperer, Save The Cat’s Blake Snyder. 3-Act structure is the cornerstone of their instruction. Why? Because it’s one of the few parts of writing that can be quantified AND it works! Given that it’s the brainchild of Aristotle, you could even say it has withstood the test of time.

But, where these writing pros leave off, Scarborough keeps going. By delving into which part of your story belongs in which act Scarborough simplifies this powerful, story-telling technique. 3-Act structure will provide a spine for your story while also establishing pace. It’s as useful for first drafting as it is for revisions.

Want to know what happens next in your story? Check your plot.

Need to cut 20K words? Structure can tell you where.

Want to know the best place for a flashback? See structure. Also, structure sells books.

We’ll examine the structure of some of YAs best sellers to clearly see what they did right (or is it did write!)

Meet Sheryl: 

Sheryl Scarborough—Award-winning writer of children’s TV and author of the YA mystery series: To Catch A Killer and To Right The Wrongs. From My Little Pony and Kimpossible to catching killers in a moody mystery, 3-Act structure is so ingrained and intuitive that even my dreams come to me in that format. The MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts showed me how to bring it all together and channel my vast background and experience into a unique learning opportunity for writers who struggle with plot and structure.

For a suggested reading list, click here.


The fee for the webinar is $15 for members, $25 for non-members. (Non-members, if you would like to become a member prior to registering, go to

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The fee includes access to a recording of the webinar, so if you can’t participate live, still register so you can view the recording. Registered attendees will be emailed a link for the webinar prior to the live event. The recording will be accessible at that same link 24 hours after the live webinar for a period of one week. There will be NO refunds for this event.

Please note: You can use PayPal to pay for your registration even if you do not have a PayPal account. Simply sign in as a guest. The payment may appear on your credit card bill as SOCIETYCHIL. Questions: email

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