The Writing Circle

It's your writing season

Give yourself a season to write your book: this group gives you a season of community, accountability, individual feedback, and the writing tools you need to plan out and write (or revise) your novel.

Joining our small-group coaching program will put you in the perfect place to write: you'll get the support, encouragement, deadlines, and plot lessons you've always wanted. 

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The Writing Circle is like registering for a secluded writing retreat, and getting time to focus on your stories -- only you don't need to buy a plane ticket and you can continue your normal life, work, family, and hobbies.

Each week you'll learn new techniques, share ideas with fellow participants of this small supportive group, and be encouraged to make steady progress on your writing. 

Meetings currently take place on Mondays at 5pm US east coast time. I hope you will join us!

The Writing Circle runs for a three-month season in the Autumn and early Spring. It's a live experience delivered by me (Daniel David Wallace), my co-teacher Rosiee Thor, and our team.

Spaces are limited!

a three-month writing class using ideas and techniques of the character-first method -- with two teachers and a supportive team to help you at every step

The Schedule

The autumn season begins in mid-August and runs through most of November. The theme is "planning and productivity."

Our fifteen sessions will teach topics such as:
  • How to start your novel
  • Assessing your own progress
  • Plan out the messy middle
  • Rethinking "failure"
  • Mental and physical health for writers
  • Building a mid-point twist
  • Starting with a pitch

And you'll receive...

The Pre-writing manual

Use this interactive guide, which guides you through the character-first plotting approach, to re-imagine your story.

Free access to the season's summit

In October, I host "Escape the Plot Forest," an online writing conference for over 3,000 attendees: you'll receive a free pass as a member of the Writing Circle. 

The character first essentials

As soon as you register, you'll get access to the essential lessons of my popular courses, Plotting and Planning Your Novel and Writing Great Chapters.

Weekly recorded meetings

Can't attend each session? Watch the replay and complete the prompts on your own schedule.

PASt Testimonials

Elizabeth R. Alix

Author of Maple Hill Chronicles

Tannis Laidlaw

Mistery Writer

Quenntin Ashby

Urban Fantasy Writer

How this works

The Writing Circle is your practical, get-writing-done, writing experience. You'll learn the essentials of my "character-first" approach to plotting as well as a whole new guide to planning and maintaining your writing habits.

The writing circle has been meeting for a few years now. It’s a great group of writers. 

The circle is seasonal: we meet in autumn (starting mid August) and then end around Thanksgiving. Then we resume in February for a second three-month season.

We meet once a week on Mondays, usually around 5pm US east coast time. The sessions are all recorded.

Some sessions are hosted by me; some are hosted by the professional novelist and sought-after writing mentor, Rosiee Thor. In the fall, I will focus my sessions on plot and she will focus her sessions on writing habits and productivity.

It’s a great community with a clear focus, lesson plan, and a supportive atmosphere.

A new framework for your fiction

As soon as you sign up, you'll get access to the essential lessons from the popular course, Plotting and Planning Your Novel. This quick guide will show you how the character-first approach helps you streamline the planning process, create an engaging protagonist, and draft a compelling opening to your story.

A healthy way to write more

We will discuss good writing habits and the challenges of fitting them into our busy lives: each week you'll have writing goals that you will be encouraged to meet.

Weekly writing classes

Each week, we'll meet to discuss our progress, give you a chance to catch up with other attendees, receive a prompt and short craft lesson, and / or hold a workshop to give participants feedback on their pages.

Julia Brown testimonial

"Not all good writers are good teachers, but Daniel David Wallace (a talented, thoughtful writer himself) is a terrific instructor.

Daniel is attentive to plot, structure, character, and other high-level narrative elements, but you’ll appreciate his ability to zoom in closely on language and sentence-level concerns.

If you can take a class with him, do it!"

- Julia Brown, editor and literary author

Testimonial: What was it like working with a coaching team?

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DO read these frequently asked questions!

  • This is not a subscription nor a membership. You will only be charged for the seasons you sign up for. Each year, the Writing Circle will address new topics and craft challenges: no season will repeat.
  • Generally speaking, autumn / fall will focus on generating new writing and the winter / spring season will focus on revising and expanding.
  • The Writing Circle is welcoming to writers of all skill levels and experience. You do not need to be published (although you definitely can be) to join nor do you need to know all the famous sayings about writing to take part.
  • Entry into the Writing Circle assumes you accept the responsibility to be kind, supportive, and positive towards your fellow participants. 
  • This is a group coaching / live class experience. Rosiee and I (plus my team) will be happy to answer your questions live. If you would prefer individual / solo coaching from us, please get in touch before you sign up. 
  • Because the experience is live and there are strictly limited seats, there is not a standard refund. If you have questions about the program once we get started, please contact me so we can work out a mutually satisfying solution.

Our class was composed of people from all over the world so we got to meet fellow writers from all over! Everyone’s stories were different but we all participated in the process of plotting, character development, dialog, ideas.

-E. Wilmerding

Daniel David Wallace

Creator of Plotting and Planning Your Novel

Your Teachers

Daniel David Wallace is the host of the Escape the Plot Forest writing conference and the creator of the character-first writing approach. He is a writer, teacher, PhD researcher, and book editor.  

His short fiction and essays have been published in numerous publications. Over eight-thousand writers subscribe to his weekly newsletter.

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Rosiee Thor

Tarnished Are The Stars (Scholastic, 2019)
Fire Becomes Her 
(Scholastic, 2022)
The Meaning of Pride (Versify, 2022)

Rosiee Thor began her career as a storyteller by demanding to tell her mother bedtime stories instead of the other way around. She spent her childhood reading by flashlight in the closet until they came out as queer. She lives in Oregon with a dog, two cats, and an abundance of plants.

She is the author of young adult novels Tarnished are the Stars and Fire Becomes Her and the picture book The Meaning of Pride.


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