How to Plot a Series

How to Plot a Series July 3, 2021 at 3:30PM EST

Learn from four series-writing veterans as they discuss how to write long-form book series. They’ll explore all kinds of series, from duologies to series with 4+ books, addressing the challenges of juggling plot, subplots, a growing cast of characters, all while keeping each individual book compelling for the reader.

Moderated by Dianna Gunn

Featuring: Dan FitzgeraldMary Kit CaelstoSagan MorrowSamantha Kroese

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Dianna Gunn headshot

Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other things. Her dark fantasy novel, Moonshadow’s Guardian, is available through her Ko-fi store and all major ebook retailers.

When she isn’t working on her own books, Gunn helps other indie authors navigate the complex world of business and marketing. To accomplish this, she published her first workbook, Branding for Fiction Authors, in 2019.

In 2021, Gunn launched the Author Marketing Club, a 100% free educational initiative for authors overwhelmed by marketing.

Dan Fitzgerald is the author of the Maer Cycle, a character-driven low fantasy trilogy, and the upcoming Weirdwater Confluence, a sword-free fantasy duology, both from Shadow Spark Publishing. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, twin boys, and two cats named Happy and Overlord. When not writing, he is into gardening, photography, and yoga. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok as danfitzwrites, or on his website, 

Mary Kit Caelsto never grew out of the phase of being a “horse crazy girl”. Though she’s now over 40, she’s finally fulfilling her dream of writing equestrian books for others who haven’t grown out of being “horse crazy”. She lives in the Ozarks with her four very spoiled and very opinionated horses, as well as a large flock of poultry and enough cats to qualify her as a crazy cat lady. Her husband, though not an equestrian himself, understands and supports all her equestrian dreams.

She’s convinced three of the best things in the world are the smell of a sun warmed horse, the smell of leather tack, and making sure to hug her horses every single day. 

Picture of the author and “SuperDuck” taken 3/2019. Hair color varies depending on mood.


Sagan Morrow is the author of the Polyamorous Passions series, a series of romance novels centered around dance competitions. She is also a productivity expert and the creator of the Productivity Powerhouse course.

You can find out more about Sagan Morrow on Twitter @SaganLives or her website.

Samantha Kroese is a best-selling author with 8 published books. Her past inspires her to write books that have love and hope hidden within the darkness of the abyss.

She is also an avid supporter of animal rescue.

You can find out more about Samantha on Twitter @AuthorKroese or on her website.

More about this event

How to Plot a Series is a free panel happening on July 3, 2021 at 3:30 – 4:30PM EST, and is part of the larger Exploring Story Structure event on July 3, 2021. The event is sponsored by Renaissance Press, a Canadian publisher dedicated to supporting marginalized authors.

Conference Companion

Enhance your experience and support Weeknight Writers events by grabbing the Conference Companion workbook for this event. This printable workbook will help you track important information during the Storycrafting Session: Exploring Story Structure. This includes:

  • “Notes” areas for individual panels
  • An area to record overall lessons and feelings about the conference
  • Questions to help you implement lessons from the conference in your writing practice

These worksheets will help you make the most of the Exploring Story Structure event! Proceeds from this workbook will be used to host, manage, and promote future Weeknight Writers events. Buy your copy today!


How much does this event cost?

All panels are free to attend! You won’t spend any money unless you decide to buy the Conference Companion.

How can I participate?

Panels will be run on Zoom using the Webinar function. This means only panelists will be able to share audio and video content. To participate in the Q & A portion of a panel, enter your question in the text chat.

Will there be any additional opportunities to discuss the panel?

There will be dedicated panel channels in the conference Discord. Most panelists will be in these servers for a short period of time after their panel, and attendees are welcome to keep the conversation all day.

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