The Leaders


Martha Alderson

Martha Alderson is the bestselling author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master where she first introduced the Universal Story to transform writers’ creative lives and to “show” plot. The Plot Whisperer Work book: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories and The Plot Whisperer Book of Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing quickly followed. Her most recent book is Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme with Jordan Rosenfeld. Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure & Scene is due out 3/16. Secrets of Personal Transformation: A Spiritual Guide comes next.

After dedicating the past 20 years to teaching writers about plot by embracing the logical, linear, structural and organized side of writing a story, Martha has widened her passion, offering support to writers and anyone else who feels limited by self-doubt, suffers from little or no imagination and who has forgotten how to follow their own heart. She guides people rediscover and reawaken their creativity and explode their lives with new opportunities in her on-line video series A Spiritual Guide for Writers: Secrets of Personal Transformation.

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Jordan Rosenfeld

Jordan is author of the suspense novels Women in Red, Forged in Grace and Night Oracle and the writing guides Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme, with Martha Alderson, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time, and with Rebecca Lawton, Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life, the second edition of which will soon be published by Booktrope.

Jordan’s articles, essays and short fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as AlterNet, The Billfold, Boutique Design, Bustle, DAME, Coachella Review, Family Fun, Full Grown People, Literary Mama, Marin Magazine, mental_floss, Modern Loss, the New York Times, Ozy, Pacific Standard, Paste, Publisher’s Weekly, Purple Clover, ReWire Me, Role/Reboot, Salon, San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, Smokelong Quarterly, Spoiled Ink, Summerset Review, Stir Journal, Sweatpants & Coffee, This Magazine, Void magazine, the Washington Post, The Writer, Writer’s Digest magazine, Word Riot, and XO Jane. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

Jordan holds an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the Hutchins School. A former Petaluman, she created and hosted the LiveWire Literary Salon at Zebulon’s lounge, which hosted readings for several years, and Word by Word: Conversations with Writers, a radio program interviewing well-known writers such as TC Boyle, Louise Erdrich and others on KRCB, which won an NEA Chairman’s grant in 2004.

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