Write a Bestselling Novel in 15 Steps

Official Save the Cat! Companion Course!
Discover the secret storytelling code behind all successful novels and use it to outline, write, or revise your own



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

Live Webinar Events

What You'll Learn

Plot an entire novel from start to finish (in 15 steps)

Develop an effective revision plan for an existing novel

Understand what makes novels successful

Determine what's broken in an existing novel manuscript

Craft a compelling "novel road map" or outline for a new novel

Discover the secret storytelling code found in all great stories

Obtain a deeper understanding of plot and story structure

Analyze successful movies and novels using the storytelling code

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 23 countries and several have been optioned for film and television. 

I'm also repeatedly hired by Disney Press to develop and write novels based on popular Disney properties like the 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 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?

  • Anyone interested in writing a novel
  • Writers interested in learning more about plot or story structure
  • Writers looking for inspiration for their novel
  • Writers who need help revising their novel
  • Writers who need help outlining their novel
  • Writers who are stuck on a certain part of their novel
  • Readers of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel who want to go deeper into the method

What Students are Saying

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

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

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

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

"This course immediately sparks your imagination."
-Vivien K. 

"Absolutely brilliant. So insightful."
Jayne C.  

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

"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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Start writing your bestselling novel today with our FREE Save the Cat! Starter Kit!

Includes an introduction to the 15 key story "beats" found in all bestselling novels...plus 3 full beat sheets analyses of popular novels!

Frequently Asked Questions

Instantly! As soon as you enroll as a member, you'll get access to all Writing Mastery Academy courses, video lectures, and exercises. 

Absolutely! The video lectures inside all of our courses are pre-recorded so that you can start the course and work through the lectures at your own pace. There is no need to show up at a specific time, you'll be able to login and start watching at whatever time suits you best. You can also take each course as many times as you want!

You will need an internet connection to stream the video lectures. You can access the courses on any device: desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile. Some of the exercises will ask you to write (these are writing courses after all!) so, you'll want either a computer or pen and paper close by!

Hopefully this won't be the case, but if the content isn't what you expected you can request a refund within the 30 day money back guarantee window.

Inside some of the courses, you may see the instructor recommend products or services to help you get results faster. However, these extra purchases are never required and you will still get all the benefits of the course without these extra tools.

You can always contact support for technical-related questions. For questions about the course content, you can post in the Writing Mastery Online Community to get feedback from other students or bring your questions to the Live Webinar Events.

Jessica Brody is unable to answer questions about course content outside of the Live Webinar Events.

The Live Webinar events with Jessica Brody are scheduled regularly (normally once per month). Members will receive emails for each event as soon as they are scheduled. 

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