REGISTRATION DATES: NOW through February 22, 2024

WORKSHOP DATE: Friday, February 23, 2024: 6 PM ET / 5 PM CT / 4 PM MT / 3 PM PT.

  • This workshop will last for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  • There will be 2 writing prompt sessions during this workshop.


MAXIMUM REGISTRATION: 20 Total Participants



Dive into the heart of storytelling as we explore the crucial scene that propels your narrative forward—the inciting incident. "Unlock Your Novel's Inciting Incident" is a class designed to empower you to craft compelling narratives by identifying and harnessing the pivotal moment that kickstarts your story. The inciting incident moves your protagonist toward achieving their goal. It's a gateway scene for your protagonist and serves as a catalyst for them to begin their journey.

Through a combination of insightful examples and hands-on writing exercises, you will learn how to effectively captivate readers through this important scene. We’ll review recommendations for making your story's inciting incident dynamic and compelling. We'll debunk myths and analyze successful inciting incidents from published works in various genres and narrative styles, dissecting the elements that make them impactful.

Whether you're a novice writer seeking a strong start or an experienced author aiming to refine your technique, this class will help you kickstart your story in the most effective way possible. This workshop includes a handout and two opportunities for writers to work on prompts during class. There will also be a PowerPoint presentation.

By the end of class, you will have honed your ability to craft inciting incidents that engage readers and set the stage for compelling, unforgettable narratives. You’ll be able to:

  • Be able to identify your novel's inciting incident.
  • Have guidelines for a scene that engages readers.
  • Know where to place the scene in the narrative.


  • What is the inciting incident?
  • Five Elements of an inciting incident
  • Positive vs. negative inciting incidents
  • When/where/length of the inciting incident
  • How to find the inciting incident of your story
  • Examples of inciting incidents

This workshop includes a handout(s) and additional exercises/prompts. There will be assignments as in two opportunities for writers to work on prompts during class. There will also be a PowerPoint presentation.

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

  • On or prior to February 21, 2024, you will be sent a “Welcome Email” for this workshop which will contain the Zoom Link for this LIVE workshop as well as the workbook/handout.
  • This workshop will be recorded. The link to the recording will be sent to all registered participants via email by NOON ET, February 26, 2024. Please Note: it is not required for you to attend this live virtual workshop if you would prefer to just watch the recording. We do encourage you to attend the live virtual workshop so that you have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have at the end of the presentation.



  • Please plan to attend this LIVE workshop if at all possible for maximum learning opportunities.
  • Interact with Jacquelin Cangro and fellow workshop attendees and ask questions, at the end of the presentation.



  • Once you have registered and paid for this workshop, all sales are final.
  • Refunds will be processed if this workshop needs to be canceled due to lack of registration and/or if we do not meet the minimum registration of 4 participants.
  • If you have a question concerning this workshop, please email: [email protected]



Jacquelin Cangro worked at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster for more than twenty years. Now, as a freelance developmental editor and book coach, specializing in women's fiction and romance, she’s reviewed hundreds of novel manuscripts, providing writers with feedback to revise their stories. Jacquelin’s short fiction was selected as the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Stories, and her other works of fiction have appeared in Stonecrop Review, The Macguffin, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Cortland Review. You can find out more about Jackie and her work at