Plot Your Novel or Memoir

A Simple Yet Revolutionary Technique for Structuring Your Book

Have a great idea for a book but find yourself struggling to get started? Or, do you start writing, full of excitement, but sort of trail off toward the middle? Or maybe you have a complete first draft but it feels more like a wandering mess than a page-turning book.

The Book in a Bag Method is for you!

All good stories—fiction and memoir—are about the transformation of a character facing their greatest fear. The Book in a Bag method uses this fact to break complex writing into a simple, scene-based approach. It takes all the stress out of organizing your ideas, leaving you free to enjoy the exhilaration of crafting compelling short stories, novellas, novels, and memoirs. This method is suitable for all levels of writers at all stages of the drafting process.

*You can construct your own Book in a Bag kit by following the instructions inside the course, or you can purchase a ready-made one here.

Your Instructor

Jess Lourey
Jess Lourey

Jess Lourey teaches, travels, and writes about secrets.

She's the bestselling Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of nonfiction, children's books, YA adventure, magical realism, romcom mysteries, and thrillers. Jess is a retired professor of writing and sociology, a recipient of The Loft's Excellence in Teaching fellowship, a Psychology Today blogger, a leader of writing retreats, and a TEDx presenter. Check out her TEDx Talk to discover the surprising inspiration behind May Day, her first published novel. In addition to her online courses, she teaches face-to-face writing workshops for all and leads transformative writing retreats for women.

When not traveling, reading, writing, or hanging out with her family, you can find her dreaming of her next story. You can find out more about Jess on her website and by signing up for her newsletter.

Course Curriculum

  Module 1—Book in a Bag Story Gold
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  Module 2—Book in a Bag Story Inciting Incident
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us immediately for a full refund. If your Book in a Bag in a Bag kit has already been shipped, contact us in the first 30 days after registration and we will issue you a full refund minus $50 for the Book in a Bag kit if you requested US shipping and minus $84 if you requested international shipping.
What do I do if I experience technical difficulties?
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