Writing The Story-Worthy

Character is at the very center of your story’s universe. It’s the brilliant sun around which all other plot elements orbit. But what makes a character worthy of this important role? In this engaging, one-hour presentation, Jessica Brody, author of the #1 bestselling novel-writing guide, Save the Cat Writes a Novel, reveals the three essential building blocks of all story-worthy heroes and shows writers how to use them to successfully develop characters and plots that will leave readers riveted.



Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has written and published over seventeen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My FatherA Week of Mondays (a Texas Lone Star list selection), Addie Bell’s Shortcut to GrowingThe Geography of Lost ThingsBetter You Than MeThe Chaos of Standing StillIn Some Other Life (a Junior Library Guilt selection), and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy. She is also the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, a how-to plotting book for novelists. Her next young adult novel, Sky Without Stars, a sci-fi retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (co-written by Joanne Rendell) releases in March of 2019.

Additionally, Jessica writes books for Disney Press, including the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants, and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books. 

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as films. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, Oregon.

Amazing Weekend

For Writers In All

Medium of Story