Description of Class
Whether you’re writing a novel, memoir, short story, or essay, all great works have one thing in common: well-crafted, compelling scenes.
Scenes are the building blocks of any story. They develop characters, build conflict, advance plot, and support the larger arc of a piece.
Discover what makes our favorite scenes work in this intensive four-week class. You’ll learn the skills you need to create scenes that capture the reader’s interest and keep your plot moving.
Then you’ll share your scenes with your classmates to get feedback in a supportive and productive atmosphere. In addition to comments from your peers, you will also receive written comments from the instructor.
Intermediate writers of fiction or nonfiction are welcome.
What you’ll learn:
- The elements that make up a compelling scene
- Why scene-writing is crucial to every genre
- How to incorporate backstory into the immediate story
- How POV and narrative distance can affect our scenes
- Effective workshop techniques for improving your own work as you offer insight into that of your peers
What you’ll write:
- In-class and weekly prompts and exercises
- Several scenes that may be excerpts of existing work or something completely new
What you’ll read:
- Classic and notable scenes from published works
- Scenes written by your classmates for workshop discussion