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Webinar: To Plot or Not? with Veera Hiranandani

Date(s) - 03/16/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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To Plot or Not?
with author Veera Hiranandani

Webinar: March 16, 7pm to 8:30pm Central time

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Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani

One of the biggest obstacles to finishing a draft is not knowing where your story is going. Some writers spend a lot of time on plot structure before they write and some don’t, but ultimately it’s hard to write a successful story without a strong understanding of your plot.  There are many resources out there about plot, but how do you apply it? How much do you really need to outline and how complicated should it be? In this webinar through a simple process of writing exercises, mind-mapping (a brainstorming technique), and synopsis outlining, you will reconnect with your writing project and fully realize its potential. Writers will come away with a clear sense of his or her plot, a synopsis outline, and the next steps to take. 

Veera Hiranandani is the author of The Night Diary (Kokila), which has received many awards including the 2019 Newbery Honor Award, the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award, and the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature. The Night Diary has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, is a New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick, and was chosen as a 2018 Best Children’s Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. She is also the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl (Yearling), which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award Highly Commended selection, and the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green (Grosset & Dunlap). She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute and is working on her next novel.


This webinar will be recorded, but you MUST register BEFORE the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for 1 month after the webinar date.


Registration will open for this on Jan. 11. The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI members, and $55 for non-members. SCBWI members, login to get the discounted price. If you aren’t a member, click here for more information on the many benefits of being part of our community. To join before you register, click the JOIN button in the top right corner of this website.

If you are a member of the Austin SCBWI chapter, use the code we sent you in 2020 to attend this webinar for free.

To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You must accept SCBWI’s Anti-Harassment Policy.


Veera Hiranandani is doing a limited number of the first 10 pages of a novel critiques. A critique is NOT included in the webinar. Each critique costs $50 and you will receive written notes. To get a critique with Veera Hiranandani, select that option in the registration form below.

Critique pages must be submitted the week of March 29-April 2, giving you time to watch the webinar, use the information to revise your manuscript, then submit your pages for feedback. You will receive written notes within two months from submission. For submission guidelines, click here.


Login information for the webinar will be emailed to registered attendees AFTER 3PM on the DAY OF THE WEBINAR.