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Raising the Stakes Workshop by Margaret Dilloway
Sunday, August 11, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
Category: Workshops/Webinars

Raising the Stakes: A Holistic Approach

by Margaret Dilloway


 August 11 - 17, 2019



Part I: The Bones

Even pantsers need to figure out a plan sometimes. First we’ll talk about the different types of stakes so you can figure out what kind your story’s using. Then we’ll get into outlining, figuring out whether your story concept is big enough, whether your character’s stakes are great enough, and where to go from the beginning.


Part II: The Start of All Things

Set the stage for a great story and the stakes in your first scene. What should that all-important first chapter include? How much should you reveal about the stakes? What else needs to happen in the first act? What should you avoid? Should you include a prologue?


Part III: No Soggy Middles and a Bang-Up Ending

The middle of the book tends to be the soggiest as stakes get muddled or watered-down. We talk about how to make your middle as exciting as the rest of the book by tweaking the stakes. We also talk about how to ramp up to the climax and writing a satisfying ending.



Margaret Dilloway

Margaret Dilloway will be giving a three-part workshop on how to raise the stakes in your writing. She will give a prerecorded video presentation, followed by a written assignment. Randomly chosen homework will then be used as an example on successful implementation of the lesson and another on what fell short and how to fix it.

Margaret Dilloway is a women's fiction and middle grade author of multicultural and less fortunate characters and subjects. Her publications include How to Be an American Housewife, The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, Sisters of Heart and Snow, Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, Momotaro: Xander and the Dream Thief, Summer of a Thousand Pies, and Tale of the Warrior Geisha.



Registration July 21-29, 2019. Nonrefundable $10.00 fee. Open to members. If you are unable to register during the open dates, please send an email to [email protected] No late registrations are accepted.

Peer participation is not required for this workshop, however if you receive feedback from a fellow writer, it would be nice if you reciprocated.

Please make certain you have the time to participate in this workshop. If you register and fail to participate, you are taking the place of another member who could have participated. WFWA has the right to decline future workshop registration is there is a pattern of registering/no shows. Please email [email protected] to unregister for the workshop.