Constructing the Scene
Great scenes can make a story unforgettable, encouraging the audience to come back to the work again and again just to experience this one moment. But how do you construct a scene that moves the story forward and also grabs the audience in a way that they can never forget?
In this seminar, writers will learn what makes a great scene and then put this knowledge to work, creating a scene (or transforming an existing one) that will be full of tension, unique detail, and power.
Topics covered will include how to create suspense, when to start the scene, subverting the audience’s expectations, uncovering character motivations, creating the ideal setting, adding detail, and creating a mood.
We will watch and read several great scenes from films and novels and analyze what makes them compelling. During the second half of the class, writers will use what they learned to construct a scene and then share their work aloud while receiving instructor and peer feedback.
For short story writers, novelists, screenwriters, or playwrights looking to make their scenes more effective.
Part of GrubStreet's Elements of Craft series, dedicated to exploring craft issues on a deeper level. For more on this series' offerings, click here.
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