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Save the Cat! Online Novel Writing Course

Learn how to write a bestselling novel in 15 steps!

Anyone can write a successful novel.

You just need to understand what makes a novel successful…

Have you ever noticed that your favorite books and movies follow a similar pattern?

  • Have you noticed that there’s something specific that happens about 25% of the way through the story that sends the story in a new direction?
  • Or that huge plot twists tend to come right in the dead center of the story?
  • Or that 75% of the way through there’s usually distinct “low point” or “rock bottom” where all seems lost for the main character?

If you have, then you’ve stumbled upon the secret storytelling code.

The secret storytelling code can be found in all great stories ever told: Movies, novels, novellas, plays, memoirs, short stories. Wherever there’s a narrative being told, the code is there, hidden beneath the surface.

This code (which inspired Blake Snyder’s famous Save the Cat! plotting method) is made up of 15 key story “beats,” or “plot points.” The beats are markers along the path of the story that are used to track a character’s journey and ultimate transformation. And strung together, in the right order, these 15 beats make up a blueprint that anyone can follow to write a successful novel.

Now, in this one-of-a-kind online master class on plot and story structure, Jessica Brody shares her profound knowledge on the topic of novel writing and expertly guides writers (new and seasoned alike!) through the elements of plot, story structure, and character transformation, and ultimately helps them discover the secrets to what makes a novel really resonate with readers.

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel – Official Companion Course

This course is offered by the author of the #1 bestselling plotting guide, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. The course can be taken on its own or as a supplement to the book

Throughout this online, self-paced course, Jessica will…

  • Guide you step by step through the 15 key story beats that are found in all great stories ever told
  • Show you how the 15 key story beats form a novel blueprint (or road map) that any writer (of any level) can follow to craft their own successful novel
  • Analyze several examples (from both books and movies) of the 15 key story beats in action so you can firmly grasp the function and purpose of each beat and see how other successful writers have tackled them
  • Guide you through the process of brainstorming, crafting, and developing the 15 beats to outline, write, or revise your own bestseller

And by the end of this course you will have a complete “novel road map” (or outline) for a novel that you could begin working on immediately.

Or if you’re already working on a novel and need help structuring it or revising it, by the end of this course, you will have a full revision plan ready to go.

Check out the free preview lectures for a look at what to expect from this course, how this course is structured, and a free overview of the 15 key story beats that will be explored at length in this course.

51 Video

3.5 Hours
of Content

21 Exercises
& Handouts

What You'll Learn

Meet Your Instructor

Hello, I’m Jessica Brody! Since discovering the Save the Cat! method taught in this course, I have sold more than 20 novels to major publishers like Simon and Schuster, Random House, and Macmillan. My novels have been translated and published in over 20 languages and several have been optioned for film and television.

I’ve also been hired by Disney Press to develop and write novels based on popular Disney properties like the LEGO Disney Princess and the Disney Descendants franchises.

I am the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel and a certified instructor of the Save the Cat! plotting method.

In recent years, I’ve taught hundreds of thousands of novelists from around the world how to harness the power of the 15 key story beats. And now I’m excited to teach YOU as well. I hope to see you inside the course!

Who is this Course For?

What Students are Saying


"This course is exactly what I needed to help organize and improve my story structures."

-Hayley M.

"I have done other writing courses, but this is the first one that lays everything out properly, de-mystifying the whole process."

-Louise B.

"This course immediately sparks your imagination."

-Vivien K.

"Packed full of practical advice that you can actually apply straight away."

-Anna F.

"This course is a must for anyone trying to write an amazing story."

-Chloe R.

"The story in your head will start percolating immediately! So much guesswork is taken out of the writing equation"

-Len R.

"Absolutely brilliant. So insightful."

-Jayne C.

"Very thorough breakdown on how to plot a novel with structure while allowing plenty of room for your creativity!"

-Casey C.

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Our course library includes:

Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

Discover the secret storytelling code behind all great novels and use it to outline, write or revise your own

Novel Fast Drafting Course

Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)

The Complete Novel Revision Course

Learn a time-tested, step-by-step revision process for taking your novel from first draft to final draft

Crafting Dynamic Characters

Crafting Dynamic Characters

Learn to create fully fleshed-out, dynamic characters and how to reveal them to the reader in a way that grabs their attention and captures their heart

Foundations of Fiction

Master the foundations of compelling fiction and use them to craft killer novels, memoirs, or short stories

Productivity Hacks for Writers

Learn to "hack" your brain, space, and devices to stay focused, be more productive, and get the most out of every writing day

Conquering Writer's Block

Proven strategies, techniques, and tools to overcome writer's block (for good!), and become a Prolific Writer

Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

Unleash your creativity and brainstorm "high-concept" book and movie ideas that sell

Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher

A comprehensive, step-by-step insider's guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author

Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to successfully self-publishing and marketing your novel, with bestselling author Bethany Atazadeh

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Monthly webinars (with Jessica Brody and special guests) where we deep dive into a variety of writing topics and answer your questions. Join live or watch the recording

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