Scene, Summary, & Dialogue in Fiction
The fully-realized dramatic scene is an essential building block of fiction. Contrary to the well-known dictum, however, most novelists find that they must use both showing and telling to create a clear and emotionally gripping experience for their readers. So how does a writer decide what to dramatize and what to summarize? How do you “tell” in an interesting way, and what are the ingredients of truly immersive dramatization? In this text-based seminar we’ll consult passages selected from contemporary and classic novels to draw a few useful conclusions, paying special attention to the use of dialogue, a central feature of most dramatic scenes, and one that offers the most direct window into the essence of your characters.
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