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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Essentials of Scene for the Novel

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  • $85.00 Non-Member
  • $75.00 Member

Class Description

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 class, 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. We’ll focus on elements of scene-building: including emotional development, setting, goal, conflict, dialogue, and action. We’ll have time for a few in-class exercises and prompts. By the end of this seminar, you’ll walk away with a clear understanding of scene structure and intention, how to create tension, and the difference between scene and summary. Gain practical craft tools for developing compelling and significant scenes.

This seminar 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.

Scholarships Format/Location

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

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!