Work with me to take your story plotting to the next level.

The September Port Townsend session is over. However, you can email me at assistant@marybuckham.com to learn about the Live Power Plotting Webinar I will be conducting in February, or to be the first to know when the next live, in-person event is scheduled. ~Mary

The September session IS full but I’ve still got you covered!

Find out about a Live On-line Power Plotting Webinar (same great material as in the in-person events, but you don’t have to travel!)

Click here to learn more.

For Unpublished and Published Writers:

  • Have you hit the point where you’re stuck in your story?
  • Have you received rejections praising your voice, characters, story concept with no offer to resubmit?
  • Do you need to find a more efficient way to create strong stories in a timely manner?
  • Want to make sure you have no gaping plot holes?

Are you ready to immerse yourself in the world of writing in an enviornment the fills your soul?

  • Four intense morning sessions focusing on plot with opportunities for one-on-one time with Mary.
  • Afternoon sessions focused on key craft slements to help make your plots shine.
  • Spend your evenings enjoying local events in a Victorian sea-side destination.


The answer is: They write books that sell.

Sounds simple, right? But how do YOU write a great book that readers and editors will enjoy? Whether you’re a plotter or a pantser (write by the seat of your pants),this Power Plotting Workshop will help you locate – and fix – weak spots (sagging middles, unlikeable characters, slow pacing and more) in your fiction stories. Strong story structure is key to any story, and it starts with your understanding of what structure means.

Writing fast means nothing if the final story isn’t sound. What’s the point in having five, ten or fifty mediocre books finished? The sooner you grasp the power points for a story, the faster you’ll be able to build a strong backlist. Now you have a way to improve your writing one easy step at a time.


Maximum number of students is TWELVE, so reserve YOUR seat now!

The cost for the four-day retreat is $500. Early registration is only $425. Must be registered by JULY 30TH, 2016 to receive early registration discount. (Want to discuss special payment arrangements? Contact Mary at Mary@MaryBuckham.com.)

Questions? Email us at assistant@MaryBuckham.com.


This innovative workshop shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with:

  • Easy-to-understand templates that guide a writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level much more quickly.
  • Reference examples from strongly-plotted popular genre films of suspense, classics, children, and romance.
  • Simple worksheets to build a strong story through Character-Driven™ plotting for any genre.
  • Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot.
  • One-on-one review of YOUR work with Mary and feedback to help identify potential plot holes.

What to Expect

This workshop is tailor-made for writers who are serious about getting and staying published, as well as in improving their understanding of what that means.

Come prepared to work hard! The workshop will be very focused and intense, but also exhilerating.

Imagine the Possibilities

Imagine making a few simple changes to your current manuscripts and seeing real results with your critique partners, beta readers and in the response to your submissions. If you’re already published you’ll see the results on Amazon, Nook, Apple, and other e-retailers. Better sales mean less time struggling with your writing and more time working on other aspects of being a published author and hanging out with your family.

Imagine being able to more easily craft high-quality, consistently hard-working plots, in less time. That means less time on second-guessing yourself and more time doing what you love: writing.

Your Writing on Overdrive

Imagine waking up the morning after a solid day of writing and seeing that satisfying response to your work from your first readers. When you submit your manuscripts, you’ll stop hearing—“it just didn’t engage me” and start getting closer to your publication dreams. Sooner than you ever thought possible. With results like that, you could rest easy knowing that all your future writing efforts would have a natural boost: your improved plot structure making your readers eager to read more.

Plus. . .

Additional break-out time for your to work on and absorb what you’re learning.

See what attendees are saying about what they gained from our Power Plotting Retreats:

As a published author I need to plot stories quickly and efficiently. The Break into Fiction program not only helps me outline my books before I start writing, but also gives me resources to turn to when I get stuck in the dreaded middle. Finally, I have the tools I need to push through episodes of writer’s block. I recommend Break into Fiction for published and unpublished authors who want to write page-turning, character- and conflict-driven stories.

~~ Melinda Leigh, multi-published RS author

I want to thank you for the dedication and quality that you put into this workshop/retreat. As a beginner writer, I really appreciate that you embraced those at my level as well as more experienced writers. After only 2 hours on the first day, my writing colleague and friend thanked me heartily for encouraging her to attend the workshop. I will sing your praises and direct my other writing colleagues to your retreat.

~~ Elaine Gray, pre-published writer

I did, indeed, plot a novel in two days. I didn’t really believe that would happen.

~~ Kaye George multi-published Mystery author

I used to think I was good at plotting — but this past (retreat) weekend made me realize I’ve been guilty of a more complicated version of the ‘one damned thing after another’ plot. I’m stunned at how well an entire story arc came together in just two days. I’m eager, now, to apply the templates to the books I’ve been revising for — mm — ever, I think. I suspect I’ll discover I’ve been revising the wrong bits for the wrong reasons all this time.

~~ Marcella Burnard, multi-published Sci-Fi/Fantasy author

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