The summit was held from March 24 to 27, but you can get full replay access for $97.

Perfect Your Process Summit

The four-day learning experience to improve your writing habits, routines, and processes. This summit gathers today some of the best teachers -- and the most supportive community -- that you'll find anywhere.

Welcome from the host:

This will be a fantastic learning experience

Every time you sit down to write, you bring your full range of writing abilities to bear on the task at hand: your ability to stay confident and undistracted, to compose a great sentence, to recall the research you've done. Writing can be a delight but, as we all know, it isn't easy. 

This online summit is a four-day training course in improving those skills. Our goal is to help you improve your drafting and revising skills, your consistency and enjoyment, your outlining and your planning -- so that you regularly accomplish more in all your future writing sessions. 

How would your writing life look if you improved your essential, core skills by 10%?

Whether you are still working on your first book, or you're working hard to make the next one your break-out success, the best way you can improve your craft is by building a stronger writing process. You're about to learn from more than twenty successful authors and teachers, over more than twenty in-depth, carefully curated presentations. 

Perfect Your Process  is your expert training program, your four-day creative writing "degree." 

The summit will run from Friday March 24th to Monday March 27th.

Each day of the event contains lessons on levelling-up your writing life, guiding you to create a better first draft, a better revision plan, a better weekly routine -- even a better relationship between your writing and the rest of your life. We'll also cover the uses of modern writing tools, from audio dictation to the latest AI language models.

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Featured talks

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Join one of the most supportive and welcoming communities around

These summits are not just great educational experiences. You'll also join a friendly, low-stress community of fellow writers. In these summits, we agree to support one another, to treat each other well, and to collaborate in the creation of fantastic sessions and interviews. The summit operates according to a firm code of conduct, both offering protection to you and offering speakers a welcoming space to deliver their presentations.

You can read the full code of conduct on this site (it is linked to above): part of my job as host is to steer the atmosphere and mood of the event, hour by hour, so that we stay positive, relaxed, and receptive.

In addition, as your host, you'll see me accept prompts from the speakers, reveal a few of my own writing insecurities and fears: rather than standing above the event, dispensing advice from up high, my goal is to ask the questions you want asked, to prompt the speakers to explain their ideas in even more detail. I am working through some of the same issues that you are in my writing, and, as you'll see, I have found creating this event to be very moving and inspiring for my own creative life.

Your guide to the entire writing process, from research to revision.

Perfect Your Process is delivered entirely online. You'll watch some sessions in Zoom rooms, and others in video chat areas right here on this website. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your writing, or catch them all (this is a lot easier with the paid pass). 

It’s up to you!

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WRITING LIKE AN AUTHOR: A Sentence-Composing Approach

26 March 2023, 03:00 PM

Don and Jenny Killgallon
Banish Writer's Block in 10 Minutes Flat: How Mindfulness Practice Can Help You Get Words on the Page

24 March 2023, 02:00 PM

April Davila
Masterclass 2

26 March 2023, 09:10 PM

Daniel David Wallace
3 Stages of a Solid Book Plan

26 March 2023, 07:00 PM

Abigail K. Perry

With 21 expert teachers and writers, the skills you need are just a click away

Our expert teachers and writers will be sharing their years of knowledge, strategies and tactics. If you’re focused on developing a stronger writing practice, we're ready to advise and guide you.

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What did past summit attendees say about the experience?

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  • This has been better than any Convention I've been to; better than my MFA program; better than most workshopping or retreats.

    Barbara Denz
    Barbara Denz

    Escape the Plot Forest 2020 Participant

  • The summit overall was terrific! The presenters were amazing!

    Linda Gordon Hengerer
    Linda Gordon Hengerer

    Escape the Plot Forest 2020 Participant

  • Not only did I learn new techniques for plotting, I also received affirmation on things I was already doing in my writing. This summit could be hard to top.

    Laurie Bierovic
    Laurie Bierovic

    Escape the Plot Forest 2020 Participant

  • Awesome, incredible, organic, accepting. Without having to pull out the Thesaurus - it was great!

    Kelly Zimmer
    Kelly Zimmer

    Escape the Plot Forest 2020 Participant

  • This was a Plot Summit; you were clear on the theme and you absolutely met and exceeded my expectations.

    Jill Urbach
    Jill Urbach

    Escape the Plot Forest 2020 Participant

Your Host

I'm Daniel David Wallace, an award-winning writer and teacher. I spent four years of a PhD researching new ways to help writers like you tell a great story.

My stories, reviews, and essays have been published in great magazines like Tampa Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Air Schooner, and my writing won me awards like the Toni Brown scholarship and the Hodges prizes.

But when I sent my first novel to the big publishing houses, it was rejected. This was a tough experience! And so I designed a way of teaching storytelling that the younger me would have wanted to find, the "character-first" approach.

I'm grateful that this approach has resonated with so many people: 9,000 writers read my newsletter each week. Each year, I host three big online summits to help other writers improve their craft. It's become a treasured part of my year: I love the connections that these events form between attendees and speakers. 

In this event, I've designed an intense four-day training program for you, helping you create new writing more easily, improve your skills, and feel more in command of the editing process.

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More from the previous summits

“ All the resources were really useful and everyone was so warm and welcoming.”

“The 3 sessions on the character first novel were so timely for me and really helped me with a new story.”


“The Character First session, where we talked about Orientation burst open such an AHA! moment for me. It's already transforming my writing, and I am eternally grateful." - Paige T.

“The memories were pleasantly surprising and inspiring because it was explained from different perspectives.”

"It has already enhanced my WIP for NaNoWriMo"

"This was a highly instructive summit and did not simply regurgitate the same topics we've been fed over and over. There were topics I didn't even know were topics and speakers I'd never heard of and I loved that so much.” - Frances P.

"It feels great! Lots of different ideas!"

“The conference provided a wealth of useful and inspiring information. It was fantastic!”

"The 7 essential tips lecture was inspiring and helpful, the talk about plot payoff was incredibly organized and taught me a great deal, the lecture series organized by Daniel offered very easily digested ideas that simplified the conceptual side of creating a story. ” - Julia F.

"I appreciated the hour or two breaks between the presentations because most of us are multi-tasking. I did miss one morning so have to catch up. The Plot Pass made that worry free.”

“You covered everything. From how to write a novel to how to publish it. Great context. Very well organized. ”

“Hearing such a wide range of speakers talk about their craft with such passion. Listening to them gave me the enthusiasm and determination to keep going with the story I have lodged in my head.” - Zoe J.