Many authors find, counterintuitively, that plot is the most challenging part of creating fiction: it’s easy to make up the people, but hard to figure out what to do with them. This is true even though plot is the most elemental part of storytelling, the thing we use when we relay gossip to our friends, tell our partners about our day, or explain the world to our children. This session will help writers find the tools they need to create compelling plot, exploring the mechanics of action. We’ll examine how to build sympathy for characters and suspense about what’s going to happen to them next. We’ll also find the connecting points between character, voice, and plot, and consider the way these crucial elements of fiction relate to one another.