Online Plotting Workshop with Karen Docter

Online Plotting Workshop for Authors!! The “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters presented by Bestselling Author, Karen/K.L. Docter

karendocter3I’m dusting off my “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop for 1-TIME ONLY this year for the good folks at STAR (Southern Tier Authors of Romance). If you’ve been wanting to try this plotting method with oodles of help applying the technique (yes, I’m very hands on 🙂 ) to your own book, check out the details of this month-long plotting course!

The “W” Plot … or The Other White Meat for Plotters…

If you don’t know what the W-Plot is, this month-long course is for you. It is perfect for pantsers and plotters, and anyone looking for ways to up tension and conflict in their scenes and WIP. Karen Docter has come out of retirement to give this workshop one time in 2017.

  • Dates: Mar. 6-31
  • Presenter: Karen Docter

Course Content: One of the staples of any writers’ group conversations is the plot.  It’s integral to every novel, holds everything together.  It’s the vehicle that carries readers from page one to “The End”.  It’s one of the scariest things an author faces when s/he decides, hey, I want to write a novel! How many of us have made this decision, then stared at that blank page or computer screen, without a clue how to proceed?  What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsters? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper? Join Karen and uncover the skeleton of your own novel using the W-plotting method and see how easy it is to apply these techniques to the synopsis we all love to hate.

See what New Students of the “W” are saying…

Before I found the W Plotting Method my story ideas started out fine, but eventually drifted off into mayhem. Karen’s technique covers both characterization and plot, and if you do the work, you end up with a full synopsis and a story that’s exciting, fluid, logical and full of surprises for the reader, before you even begin writing. I couldn’t be more satisfied!  ~ Julia Tagan, Author

Karen’s online W course on craft is the best approach to plotting I’ve ever come across. The W method offers a simple, basic way to nail down even the most complicated plot so you can spot holes in the story before you write the first word. No more ‘sagging middles’ and worrying about whether the story I’m writing is living up to its potential. Karen is a terrific instructor who gives thoughtful feedback every step of the way. I left the month long online course with a newfound confidence.  ~ Margaret Carroll, Rita nominated author

I’ve run the gamut–taken classes, attended seminars, won contests, even got agents interested in my work, but there was always a piece missing. When I signed up for Karen’s class, I thought: What the heck–it can’t hurt. But did it help? Wow! Game changer. I now have a viable roadmap to salvage my earlier work as well as a new direction for my WIP. Karen’s method rocks! Totally. ~ Kristen Boe

The “W” for plotting combines the best of practicality and creativity. This step-by-step plan encourages writers to explore their characters and what happens between them. I highly recommend it to both beginning and advanced writers. The workshop is well worth the time.  ~ Jane Choate, Published Author

Recently I attended Karen Docter’s Plotting “W” Workshop, skeptical because I’m an In-the Mist-writer. But let’s face it sometimes In-the Mist writers get derailed due to fog. Karen’s “W” workshop lets you chart a course from beginning to middle to end, not only for your protagonists, but for your antagonists as well. Whether you prefer the most comprehensive roadmap to detail your plot or just the highlights so your muse has its say, Karen shows us an effective way to keep one’s story on track, saving months of time and preventing tossed pages.  ~ Donnell Ann Bell, Published Author

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About Karen/K.L Docter…

Bestselling Author Karen Docter writes contemporary romance. When she feels the need to feed the dark side, she writes intense suspenseromcon1 thrillers as K.L. Docter. She’s an award-winning author, a four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and won the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division. She has a Technical Journalism degree and has taught college level composition. She taught her online “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotters workshop to numerous RWA chapters for over 14 years.

Connect with Karen:
Twitter: @KarenDocter
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Join Karen online!

STAR Website/Blog: Fee: $25 RWA members $30 Non-members


Sponsored by the Southern Tier Authors of Romance. For more information e-mail

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Appearance: Chris Goff

Award-winning author Christine Goff will be speaking at Chautauqua in Boulder on November 16th about her 6th book in the bestselling Birdwatcher’s Mystery series, A owlsPARLIAMENT OF OWLS. Each book in the Birdwatcher’s Mystery series tackles global environmental themes. OWLS focuses on burrowing owls and habitat. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $10 / $7 for Concert Members (and as a holiday special, you can enter the word “owls” in the promo box and purchase tickets for the member price). Christine will be donating her share of the ticket proceeds to the Boulder Bird Club. For more information on the program or to purchase tickets, please visit the Chautauqua website (

Appearance: Barbara Nickless and Ann Meyers

bottBlood on the Tracks debuts October 1st!

Book launch parties:
Friday, September 30th 5-7. Hooked on Books (12 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs). An evening soiree with food and wine, a reading, and a chance to mix and mingle with the local arts crowd. Please RSVP Hooked on Books at 719-419-7660 or email Jim at, Easy parking is available in the City Garage right around the corner.

Saturday, October 1st 11-2. Hooked on Books (12 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs). Ann Myers (Bread of the Dead: A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery) and Barbara Nickless (Blood on the Tracks) will be signing their books. Light refreshments provided.

Saturday, October 8th 6:30 – 8:30. Denver BookBar (4280 Tennyson Street, Denver). Please join Barbara for an evening of hors d’oeuvres and wine to celebrate the launch of her debut novel, Blood on the Tracks. Stop by for a chance to meet the folks from Mountain High Service Dogs, including the handsome German Shepherd PTSD service dog, Count Nathaneal Athos.

Appearance: Stephanie West Allen

Sisters in Crime-Colorado member Stephanie West Allen will be appearing at the Women Writing the West conference in Santa Fe, NM, on October 15, 2016.

Workshop and Description: “The Playful Writer: Valuable Lessons from When We Were Kids.”  Play has many benefits for writers, both for the quality of what they produce and their process of writing. Several benefits will be presented, including relevant brain science. Practices to facilitate benefits of play will be demonstrated. Attendees will design individual play plans that fit their preferences and goals.

For more information, visit the Women Writing the West web site.

Appearances: Golden Fine Arts Festival

fineartsThe Golden Fine Arts Festival is happening August 20-21, 2016 in downtown Golden on 11th Street between Maple and Arapahoe! Please stop by the Sisters in Crime-Colorado booth and say hello.

Authors will be appearing as follows…

10:00 – 12:00 Peg Brantley
12:00 – 2:00 Becky Clark
2:00 – 5:00 Rebecca Grace

10:00 – 12:00 Cynthia Kuhn and Theresa Crater
12:00 – 2:00 Rebecca Grace
2:00 – 5:00 Donna Schlacter and Leann Betts

For more information, please visit

Appearances: Donna Schlacter, Leann Betts, Karen Whelan, Rhonda Blackhurst, Francelia Belton, and Theresa Crater

Welcome to the Bookstore is showcasing several local authors on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Brighton, Colorado.

Authors include: Donna Schlachter (author of several Christian and self-help works), Leeann Betts (author of the By the Numbers series), Karen Whelan (author of the Dinner Club Murder Mystery Series), Rhonda Blackhurst (author of “The Inheritance” and the Melanie Hogan Mysteries), Francelia Belton (a short story author), and Theresa Crater (a modern fantasy author).

They will be reading from their work and there will also be games, prizes, and refreshments! Put in your RSVP now!

Hope to see you there!

Welcome to the Bookstore, 1300 E Bridge Street, Brighton, Colorado 80601.

Appearances: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

The following Sisters in Crime-Colorado members will be appearing at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs, CO on April 14-17, 2016. (Presentation title follows the name below–please check the program for additional information.)

LS Hawker, “How to Produce a Non-Cheesy Book Trailer on the Cheap” and “There’s No Crying in Critique Groups”

DeAnna Knippling, “Building Blocks of Horror” and “Who Are You? How to Write a Better Bio” and “How to Build Better Monsters in Fiction: A Psychological Lexicon”

ML Rowland, “Building Blocks for Writing More Powerful Fiction” and “Building Fictional Characters from the Inside Out”

Becky Clark, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference” and “The Three R’S: ReGroup, ReAssure & ReEnergize”

Donnell Bell
Cynthia Kuhn
Su Wright

For more information, visit the Pikes Peak Writers Conference website.