Who? What? Why? Three Sides of the Plotting Triangle

  • Create plot outlines for your story using 3 frameworks focused on who? (character); what? (plot) and why? (motivation)
  • Elements of a scene & how scenes push the plot forward
  • Relationship between character & plot
  • Techniques can be applied whether you’re beginning or editing your story

Ideally suited to: Fiction writers, especially those writing or planning to write longer works (novellas & novels)


Annabel Smith’s plotting workshop was both practical and enlightening, and every participant came away inspired to use her techniques to improve their works-in-progress

Maureen Eppen, Coordinator, Rockingham Writers Centre

Annabel’s workshop gave me a fresh perspective on plotting and inspired this well-established ‘pantser’ to try a different approach. I’ll be putting her process into practice with my next novel.

Teena Raffa-Mulligan, Author

Participants found the workshop…

  • Hands-on
  • Fulfilling and stimulating
  • Motivating and inspiring
  • Concise and informative

Participants loved…

  • The sense of community
  • Sharing ideas & hearing others’ writing experiences
  • Teamwork & brainstorming
  • Fresh perspectives
  • Simple, easy-to-understand presentation & handouts

Participants’ valuable takeaways…

  • Understanding the stages of character growth
  • I learnt that I was leaving out some crucial steps in forming my characters and building suspense


1/2 day course: 3 hours

Full day course: 6 hours


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Curious to find out if I could help you fulfill your writing goals? Want to know more about how the mentoring process works? Or would you like a quote for how much you can expect the process to cost? Use the form below to email me and I’ll get back to you pronto!

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Annabel Smith is the author of US bestseller Whiskey & Charlie (published in Australia as Whisky Charlie Foxtrot), digital interactive novel/app The Ark, and A New Map of the Universe, which was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier’s Book Awards. I am currently working on Monkey See, an epic quest with a sci-fi twist featuring a monkey, an evil priestess and the mother of all tsunamis.