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Bones and Narrative Energy: The Synopsis as a Creative Road Map

Date(s) - 03/20/2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


 Bones and Narrative Energy: The Synopsis as a Creative Road Map with Meg Eden

90 minute Webinar

Monday, March 20th, 2023, 6:30 PM Eastern/5:30 PM Central/4:30 PM Mountain/3:30 PM Pacific

  • SCBWI Members: $15
  • Non-members: $25

***Registration for the webinar and critiques will close 111:59 p.m. on March 18.***

Optional Written Critique following live webinar (Manuscripts MG and YA)

  • First pages: $25  
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages from one project/book): $70


When an agent or editor requests a synopsis, the process of honing our novel down into such a small space can be dread-inducing. However, writing a synopsis can help us reflect on the larger themes and values of our work, helping us focus and tighten our narrative structure–or even lay out a road map for a future project. In this workshop, we’ll use the synopsis as a frame for discussing the bones and beats of plot, as well as using it as a guiding light through the drafting and editing process. In our time together, we’ll practice getting to the heart of our projects through writing a one-line pitch, and using that pitch to outline our synopses.


About the Presenter:

Meg Eden Kuyatt is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and teaches creative writing at colleges and writing centers. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature winning poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (Press 53, 2020) and children’s novels, most recently “Good Different,” a JLG Gold Standard selection (Scholastic, 2023). Find her online at or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal and Instagram at @meden_author. 






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***Registration for the webinar and critiques will close 111:59 p.m. on March 18.**

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A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information for the recording will be sent out the following day. Those who purchase critiques will receive submission instructions via email on the day after the live webinar.

NOTE: Please do not sign up for coveted and limited critique slots if you are unable to make the deadlines outlined. We will be unable to issue refunds for missed deadlines.