This is the 3rd assignment in the course INTRODUCTION TO NOVEL WRITING offered by The Writer’s Workshop • The class is taught by Jana Harris • The text used for this class is The Weekend Novelist by Robert J. Ray
• November 7, 2020 Assignment 3
ASSIGNMENT 3: Plotting Your Novel – The outline of your should include an opening, middle, and ending, brief mention of major characters, and the most important plot points.
This was the response by the teacher to this assignment:
Wow. There is a lot going on here. And all of it proves that adults are crazy and what kid would ever want to be one. Good for you. Very well done. Good tragi-comic story that should appeal to all ages. I find the Jehovah’s Witness cult-cocaine connection fascinating. Be sure to make it as plausible as you can. Let me know if you have questions. Give yourself a pat on the back, this is great.
She also gave me feedback for edits which I have made to some extent. Some of her concerns were with the end. That’s still a little sketchy so if the end doesn’t seem as filled out as the beginning and middle, stay tuned.
Before you plunge into this synopsis of my novel, please let me say this is fiction. I am using real places and a couple true incidences (notably the flood) as the backdrop of a wholly made up tale. Some of you were with me during the real time and place. This novel is not a recreation of events. This is meant to be a tragi-comic fairy tale. I templated the novel from the legend of the Three Sisters.
And so … without further ado
Here is the plot of my novel:
The year is 1976. Fourteen year old Audra Noon and her neighbor/best friend Danielle Reed along with her little sister Kit unwittingly “out” their parents’ affair. Raymond (Ray) Noon and Jane Reed leave their respective spouses and start a school for troubled boys in Trinity County, CA called The Trinity Creek Canyon School. One of their first students is Jared Burns, a former Jehovah Witness, whose mother died in an airplane crash. At the school, Jared and Audra begin a tumultuous teenage romance only for it to be squashed by the arrival of her best friends, now quasi-sisters. Jared’s father Phil Burns, who struggled with depression following his wife’s death, disappears inside a cult. This triggers Jane to become Jared’s foster mother. Phil’s sudden and unexpected arrival at the school leads to the school’s unraveling.
Act I — Special Ed
Act II — The Trinity Creek Canyon School
Act III — The End of The Trinity Creek Canyon School
This class is funded by a generous endowment to my writing by my mom. She continues evermore to raise me up.