The Official Save the Cat! Online Novel Writing Course

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

Taught by Jessica Brody, author of the bestselling plotting guide Save the Cat!

51 On-Demand Lessons
3.5 Hours
21 Exercises & Handouts
Unlimited Access

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

-Chloe R.


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

- Hayley M.


"This course is an excellent addition to what's in the book"

-Pat D.


Did you know that 99.9% of all bestselling novels ever written follow the exact same basic structure?

It’s true. There’s a specific storytelling code, or pattern, that our brains seem hardwired to respond to. If you tell a story in this specific way, it’s almost guaranteed to engage your readers and resonate with them on a deeper level.

This code has existed since the earliest storytellers. From the first narratives told around campfires to today’s blockbusters, the pattern is there, whether the author knew it or not. 

But if you know it, you’ll have an enormous advantage in the storytelling business.

Knowing the code like having x-ray vision into stories, so you can very quickly see what’s working and what’s not.

You’ll be able to run your new story ideas through a quick filter to decide if they’re strong enough to continue with.

You'll be able to finish your first drafts faster, knowing exactly what should come next.

You’ll be able to revise those first drafts with clarity and confidence, knowing what to keep and where to move things around to craft it into a bestseller.

In fact, this storytelling code will become so familiar, you’ll start seeing the pattern in narratives all around you, from books, movies, TV shows, song lyrics, and even commercials. And you’ll be able to use all these skills to reach your writing goals faster.

Thankfully, the code is a simple, 15-step blueprint that ANYONE can follow to craft a solid story that will resonate with readers.

This blueprint is the Save the Cat! Method, which you’ll become a master of in this online, on-demand course taught by Jessica Brody, author of the bestselling plotting guide, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel.


By the End of This Course, You'll Have:


A firm grasp on what makes a great story, which means you'll have a better shot at reaching your goals -- whether that's landing an agent and a publishing deal, selling or publishing your next book, getting more 5-star reviews, or finally finishing your first novel

The ability to build a rock solid outline in just a few hours, which means you'll no longer waste time writing ideas that don't have the "legs" for a full novel

The ability to review a first draft and know exactly what's missing and where each scene should fall, so you can turn your messy drafts into polished, publishable stories in record time

The ability to recognize the problems with other stories, and give helpful, constructive notes on how to make them better (you'll be the star of your critique group!)

A huge upgrade to your "story radar" which means you'll start noticing the storytelling elements and techniques being used in books, movies, TV shows, song lyrics, and even commercials, giving you an endless supply of inspiration for your own work

A whole new vocabulary for communicating about story, which will bring your discussions on story to a much deeper level and strengthen your own writing

Best of all, a complete "novel road map," outline, or revision plan for your novel that you can begin working on immediately


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 the past five 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!


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Course Outline


This course is part of the Writing Mastery Academy


Here's what you'll get as a member:


1. Unlimited Access to All Our Online Writing Courses
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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

Retail Price: $199 
Included with Membership

Novel Fast Drafting Course

Stop stressing, second-guessing, and revising endlessly. Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)

Retail Price: $199 
Included with Membership

The Complete Novel Revision Course

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

Retail Price: $299 
Included with Membership

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

Retail Price: $199
Included with Membership

Foundations of Fiction

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

Retail Price: $99
Included with Membership

Scene Crafting Masterclass

Master the art of writing scenes that hook, engage, and leave readers hungry for more

Retail Price: $199
Included with Membership


Level Up Your Writing

Challenge your creativity and sharpen your skills across seven key story elements in this interactive online course with bestselling author Scott Reintgen

Retail Price: $199
Included with Membership

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

Retail Price: $99
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Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

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

Retail Price: $199
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Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

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

Retail Price: $99
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Conquering Writer's Block

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

Retail Price: $99
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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

Retail Price: $199
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Fiction for Young Writers

A fun, interactive workshop to help young writers unlock their creativity, improve their craft, and write better stories (ages 9+)

Retail Price: $49
Included with Membership


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You're not in this alone

Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. As a Writing Mastery member, you'll become part of a thriving, positive community of writers of all skill levels, from around the world. With dedicated topic areas for each course, plus topics for staying accountable to achieving your goals, finding critique partners, discussing specific genres, or just talking shop, the Community is there to support you on every step of your writing journey.

Course Topics

Share progress, ask questions, answer questions, and chat with fellow writers taking the same course as you

Genre Discussions

Chat with other writers working on similar projects in your genre

Writing Sprints

Why write alone? Join a scheduled sprint, or create one any time to challenge and motivate yourself to write more!

Monthly Challenges

Fun and motivating challenges every month to help you stay motivated and get to know your fellow members

Critique Partners

Find critique partners and beta readers to help you get more eyes on your work

Goals & Accountability

Simply announcing your goals to others has a HUGE impact on your success. And you've got a place just for this!

Writers Only

This is not a Facebook group. It's a community of 100% writers, so there are no distractions

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Get access to live, monthly webinars on specific writing topics. Most webinars end with a Q&A session, which gives you a chance to get your questions answered by industry experts. Can't join live? No worries! Recordings of every webinar are available to watch (or rewatch) anytime. 

Here are a few of the webinars available to watch now:

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Get Your Writing Questions Answered

Bring your questions to our live "Office Hours" webinars, where instructors and special guests spend time dedicated to answering member questions. 

BONUS: Searchable Q&As from Office Hours & Webinars
($499 Value)

Get Answers Fast from our Growing Library of Answered Questions

We take the top questions from all our Office Hours and Webinars, edit them into their own mini-lectures, and categorize them for you. Categories include character development, fast drafting, NaNoWriMo, pacing, point of view, revising, writing process, worldbuilding, and more. It's very likely we've answered a question similar to yours, so this is a great resource to get answers fast!

Here's a sample of the available questions:

Character Development

  • How to create well-rounded characters?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story
  • What's the best way to have a character realize something organically?
  • How do I make readers like an unlikable character?

The Publishing Industry

  • What is a realistic timeline between drafting and getting published?
  • How do I find an editor?
  • Can you publish on various platforms?
  • Is traditional publishing still a viable path?


  • How do you keep track of your revision process?
  • How do you know when you're done revising a chapter?
  • What do I do if I get bored with the story I'm writing?
  • How do I start revisions for a very messy draft?

Save the Cat! & Plotting

  • How do you structure a series using Save the Cat!?
  • How do the Save the Cat! beats relate to chapters?
  • How do you use Save the Cat! in the revision process?
  • Does a hero always have to change over the course of a story?


World Building

  • How do you build a convincing fantasy world?
  • How do you describe a world in a way that shows rather than tells?
  • How much setting detail is too much?
  • What's the difference between a world and a setting?

Writing Process

  • How do you defeat perfectionism to finish a book?
  • How do you find your voice as a writer?
  • How do I prioritize all the story ideas I have and avoid leaving stories half-finished?
  • How do I turn a hodgepodge of detailed notes and dialogue into a draft?

BONUS: Surprise Bonus Content 
($399 Value)

Fun, Useful Tools & Resources to Keep You Moving Forward

You'll find all sorts of fun and useful things here like free beat sheets, extra writing prompts, interviews with special guests, behind-the-scenes peeks at writers' processes, and much much more! And the longer you're a member, the more Bonus Content you'll collect!

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$799 value

  Searchable Q&As from office hours & webinars

$499 value

  Surprise bonus content

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