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  • Frisco Public Library 6101 Frisco Square Boulevard Frisco, TX, 75034 United States (map)

Stirring Up Trouble with Subplots

with Amanda Arista

Take your story to the next level by learning how to enhance twists and turns, increase characterization, and flesh out the journey with subplots. We will look at general subplotting and pacing techniques and weave these subplots in and out of your current story.


Amanda Arista was born in Illinois, raised in Corpus Christi, lives in Dallas but her heart lies in London. Good thing she loves to travel. During the summer after second grade, she read every book in the young adult section of the library, much to the surprise of the local librarian. So she started making up her own stories and hasn’t stopped. She has a husband who fights crime, one dog who thinks he's a real boy, and another who might be a fruit bat in disguise. When not writing, Amanda often dreams of co-opening an evil bakery and selling despicable desserts. Her particularly favorites are larvaceous lemon bars and sinful cinnamon streusel. She spends her weekends writing at coffee shops, practicing for the day that caffeine intake becomes an Olympic sport, and plotting character demises with fellow writers Wolvarez, Killer Cupcake and Keith (names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent).

Earlier Event: August 26
Courtroom Trials
Later Event: October 28
Publishing Q&A