Plot: The Map of Your Story- Workshop & Reading by Lynne Barrett

UPDATE: This workshop is completely full! Thanks to everyone who signed up, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Everyone is still welcome to come to the reading at 6:00 p.m.

The Flatiron Writers are delighted to announce that author Lynne Barrett will teach a workshop: Plot: The Map of Your Story, and read from her new book Magpies, winner of the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal in General Fiction, on March 25th in Asheville.

WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 2012: Workshop 2-5 PM, 5-6 PM Social Hour, Signing & Mingling, 6 PM Reading.

WHERE: Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, Asheville, NC, Grove Arcade (1 Page Ave.), Asheville, NC 28801.

COST: Workshop $30 Preregistration/$35 at Event. Reading at 6 PM is FREE and open to the public.

HOW TO PRE-REGISTER: Email to be sent pre-payment information & confirmation.


Lynne Barrett’s book Magpies has just been awarded the Gold Medal for General Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Her other story collections are The Secret Names of Women, and The Land of Go and she co-edited Birth, A Literary Companion and The James M. Cain Cookbook. Barrett has received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award for best mystery story and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Her work has been published in Blue Christmas, Delta Blues, Miami Noir, One Year to a Writing Life, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Written Wardrobe, The Southern Women’s Review, and many other anthologies and magazines. She lives in Miami, where she is a professor in the M.F.A. program at Florida International University. You can learn more at


Writers are often daunted by plot, but understanding it can help you find the core of your story. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of plot and structure with an emphasis on revision strategies, scene, significant action, the roles of characters, complication, movement, and satisfying resolution. The concepts apply to all forms of fiction and are useful for narrative nonfiction and memoir.


“Sentence for sentence, Barrett is a superb writer…But what separates her from many contemporary short fiction writers is her consummate storytelling ability.”
—The Rumpus

“As eerie as it is richly imagined.”
—Publishers Weekly

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