The International
Women's Writing Guild

Writing Your Novel Synopsis

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Digital Village


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Writing Your Novel Synopsis With 10 Index Cards – Or Less

The purpose of a synopsis is to present your novel to a literary agent or publisher in a concise, appealing fashion. If you want your manuscript to be given serious consideration, a good synopsis is a necessary part of your submission. However, most writers agree that turning their 60-110,000 word book into a short, gripping essay of (preferably) less than 3,000 words is daunting at best, panic inducing at worst.

What if the process could be nearly complete using fewer than ten index cards?

In this class you will learn the steps to get to the heart of your story and craft a synopsis that will draw the attention in editors and agents. Come to the workshop knowing your story’s inciting incident, midpoint, climax/transition, and dark moment to help as you create a working draft of your synopsis before the workshop is over.


Rona Gofstein writes contemporary and fantasy romance, including several retold fairy tales. Her most recent publications are editing and contributing to the Wickedly Ever After and Under the Cape anthologies from Riverdale Avenue Books. She desperately needs her morning coffee, thinks reservations are the best thing to make for dinner, and believes in the emotional and economic importance of retail therapy.