Tonight August 28, 2012 at 7:30pm

Martha Alderson  the Plot Whisperer at

Bookshop Santa Cruz

1520 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tel: 831-423-0900

The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-By-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories (Paperback)  $16.95


Turn lackluster plots into irresistible stories!

When it comes to writing bestsellers, it’s all about the plot. But creating a captivating storyline that mesmerizes your audience until the very end is easier said than done. With thousands of engaging books on the shelf, you’ll need to set yours apart by developing unique scenarios that leave readers wondering what happens next.

In this writing workbook, celebrated local writing teacher and author Martha Alderson covers everything from constructing spirited action and compelling characters to establishing an unforgettable ending. She also walks you through the development of a successful narrative with exercises that: help build suspense, incorporate effective subplots, tie up all the loose ends, and keep the reader turning pages. Filled with essential advice and writing exercises, The Plot Whisperer Workbook will quickly become your go-to guide for crafting a tale worthy of the bestseller list!

Don’t miss Wallace Baine’s article about Martha Alderson, her book, and our event in The Sentinel.

ISBN-13: 9781440542749
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Adams Media Corporation, 8/2012

Sign up for Martha’s e-zine; read Martha’s blog!  Go to http://blockbusterplots.comog!

Colleagues Lori Noack, Linda Lee, Mary E. Knippel and Luisa Adams and yours truly Teresa LeYung-Ryan will be cheering for Martha Alderson tonight.  See you there!


Coach Teresa

writers' platform-building coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!"











  • Teresa has built her own platform happily. Her first novel Love Made of Heart  is used in college composition classes; available at public libraries; recommended by the CA School Library Association and the CA Reading Association; and archived at the San Francisco History Center. Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:  mother-daughter relationship; Chinese-American immigrant experience; helping adult-children (of mentally-ill parents) speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones.

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