About

It all started for writers and we’ll keep helping writers!

By encouraging people to engage in writing their stories and sharing those stories with the world we’ll connect readers to new ideas and bridge the gap of knowledge because stories make sense of the world that we live in and create a shared understanding. We’ve seen individuals come to our events who have never written a story before, walk away with a professional, published piece and we’re proud of what we’ve been able to do.

What do others say about us? Katy Hammel, who’s first novel recently won the Douglas Preston award for published fiction says, “Plot Duckies gives wanna-be creative writers the structure and support to grow in the craft of composing, editing and publishing short stories and novels.”

Jim Tritten, author of  Kato’s Grand Adventure and other award-winning stories says, “Well-structured springboards for and explosion of talent.”

We anticipate growing our events for writers through virtual experiences, offering audio stories through a podcast, expanding our in-person events across the US, as well as publishing books focused on strong female characters.

We have unique events for writers, a free review group for Albuquerque writers, we offer services to writers, and we share great stories with readers!

See how it all started – this was our CEO, and published author, Sonja Dewing, presenting her business journey with One Million Cups at FatPipe ABQ (a coworking space and where our business calls home.) Hear about how Plot DuckieⓇ started, what we’re working on, and even how we came up with the name!

What’s in a Name?

As in all wonderfully exciting stories, it starts with a duck. A duck of motivation. A duck of ideas. But wait, we’ll get back to the duck.

On a cold, November day in 2008. Sonja Dewing was writing her first NaNoWriMo novel. She successfully completed her first one! Then it was on to more successfully completed 50,000 words in a month. In 2016 she became a liaison so she could help people finish their NaNoWriMos too! As part of the process, she hands out Plot Duckies (little rubber ducks).

These ducks are mascots for creativity. Writers who get them take them to all their write-ins and proudly display them at their table so that other writers recognize and join them. They were also a muse and a bit of inspiration to write their stories. And there came the name – plot duckies.

FYI: The hero here isn’t the duck. Sure he’s handsome and amazing, but it’s really you. You and all the amazing people who’ve written your stories. Like the Short Storyathon peeps and the Querque Quills group. Haven’t written the story yet? Then isn’t it time to be your own hero?