APRIL 19th – APRIL 22nd, 2018



Join author/writing craft instructor Mary Buckham for a one-of-a-kind learning experience!

Are you ready to take your ability to craft compelling novels to the next level?
Would you like to spend a challenging, inspiring four days learning from a USA Today bestselling author?
Are you ready for professional, specific, one-on-one feedback on your plot?​
Do you want to understand how to structure story ~ AND ~ be able to repeat the process?
Whether you’re interested in traditional or independent publishing success, this workshop is for you!​
   “It’s immeasurably valuable to be able to see and IDENTIFY the architecture of a story – what it is and why it works.”  ~ Kalinya 
For over a dozen years, Mary Buckham has worked with writers from around the world to go deep into the structure of novel-writing.
Sounds perfect! Sign me up now!


You can’t break out as a writer until you break into publishing. You can’t break into the best-selling ranks until you can create a strong, memorable novel. Then be able to repeat the process.
Included in this workshop are 11 templates explained in clear, example-driven details. Each template will focus on the intention of YOUR story’s structure from opening scene to ending sentence.​
Fundamentals covered include: strong characters, inner conflict, external conflict, plot layers, backstory, raising stakes and much more.​
Writers of commercial fiction who wish to plot bigger, more consistent, and stronger stories whether  prepublished, published or multi-published will find the Break Into Fiction® character driven process invaluable. Be prepared for an idea-packed, career enriching experience.
This workshop is as ideal for those just beginning a new project as it is for those embarking on a revision of a completed work. While writers at all levels of craft are welcome, a basic understanding of fiction craft will prepare you to jump in from day one.
“You’ve shown me the big picture and how to break it down into smaller steps. I know I will use these templates on every novel I plot in the future to save myself a lot of rewrites and frustration. I’ve been working on my current WIP for five years off and on, but I know it’s going down the right path to completion now.” ~ Anne

Mary Buckham

USA Today bestselling author, Mary Buckham writes the best selling WRITING ACTIVE series for writers – WRITING ACTIVE SETTING and WRITING ACTIVE HOOKS. She is also the co-author of BREAK INTO FICTION® with NYT author Dianna Love and has taught online and live writing workshops to writers of all genres around the US and Canada.
Mary doesn’t just teach writers though, she practices what she preaches, writing Urban Fantasy w/attitude. Love romance, danger & kick-ass heroines? Find it in her Alex Noziak or Kelly McAllister series!


“I was ready to give up. I didn’t think I’d ever understand how to write a novel. A quality novel. Now I do. You gave me a new lease on my writing life. I can’t thank you enough.” ~ Mary S. 
“I’ve taken about six different plotting classes, none of them worked for me. Mary is a miracle worker. Don’t hesitate to put your story into her capable hands. Yes, I’m converted and brainwashed, but I’m loving it.”
​~ Nancy  
   “I am inspired AND re-energized. As much as I’ve wanted to write fiction, and as much as I’ve studied the writing of fiction, it never made much sense to me until now. You have so much information to share, and you are a master at sharing it. Thanks so much for putting this together for us.” ~ Mary N.


Morning classes with Mary Buckham geared toward building student’s specific projects using concepts covered in her popular, Break Into Fiction® workshops. Multiple private, thirty-minute consultations with Mary Buckham to discuss YOUR manuscript.
Private consultations can focus on one project, multiple projects or a series.
Customized instruction geared toward students’ specific writing needs and questions.
A special session on scene and sequel.
Graduates are qualified to attend the “exclusive” Break Into Fiction® graduate writer’s retreat.
In order to ensure an intimate productive environment for all students, enrollment is strictly limited to ten writers. Participation is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please register early. 



Located in a picturesque, small pacific northwest coastal town with scenic ocean views, unique shopping and sumptuous dining options.
Convenient to nearby attractions and recreation on Puget Sound, the Olympic National Park or easy beach combing.
Port Townsend is two to three hours drive from downtown Seattle or Seatac Airport.
Shuttles and rental cars are available from the Seattle International Airport.

Where we will meet:​
The CoLab Port Townsend
237 Taylor St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-9656


New Student Registration Early Registration Cost: $450
Returning Student Registration Cost: $387
Workshop cost includes all workshop materials, additional handouts and multiple private consultations.
Payment plans may be available. Contact

The Live Plotting Intensive Workshop has a limited number of seats and sells out quickly.

Don’t be disappointed, register today!


Since seats are limited it is important that everyone attending is committed. If you need to cancel your attendance you must notify me no later than 60 days prior to the event for a full refund (minus fees).


After registration, email will be sent to all participants with instructions for submissions (manuscript pages) to bring to the workshop for review during bonus sessions. There will also be additional information on one-on-one schedules, private meetings, and venue information.
Many students find reading Mary’s Break Into Fiction® book prior to the workshop helpful to familiarize themselves with the concepts and for greater retention and application.
Looking for an opportunity to immerse yourself in your writing? Stay the following week and join my Writer’s Retreat the following weekend! Make 2018 THE year for your writing! Click here for details on the retreat.