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Essentials of Scene for the Novel: Online

6 weeks online; no live meetings. Class opens July 28th.
Online (WetInk)
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Level: Intermediate
Adult (18+)
12 seats max
Only 2 spots left!

You may have an idea of the overall structure and plot of your novel, but how do you move the reader from point A to B? Through scenes! Scenes are the building blocks of story, immersing the reader in the world of your characters.

In this course, we will explore the essential questions you need to ask to make sure each scene moves your story forward and how to know if the scenes you’ve crafted are compelling. Each week, we’ll focus in on one element of scene-building: including emotional development, setting, goal, conflict, dialogue, and action. We’ll read excerpts of well-crafted scenes from authors such as Sally Rooney, Leesa Cross-Smith, Alexia Arthurs, Violet Kupersmith, Susan Choi, and Andrew Sean Greer, and put what you learn into practice through weekly exercises and scene prompts. Twice over the course of the class, you will have the opportunity to submit a scene to the rest of the class for feedback.

By the end of this online class, you'll learn: 

  • What qualifies as a scene
  • What your scenes should accomplish
  • Ways to create tension within a scene
  • The difference between scene and summary
  • Tools for developing compelling and significant scenes

You’ll also come away with feedback on your own scenes to help you continue to build on your own scene-writing strengths.

This online class is appropriate for any writer who wishes to learn more about scene-building in the novel, but is specifically recommended for writers who have a novel in progress.

*NOTE that while our handy dandy "Schedule" tab states a 6-7pm class time, there are actually no live meetings for this class! Weekly lessons and assignments open each Wednesday. Students will receive an invitation to Wet Ink, our online class platform, before 5pm on the first day of class. 

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

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