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

Making a Scene: Practical Tools to Analyze What's Working and What's Not

No Longer Enrolling

  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

As readers, we simply want to sit back and enjoy a well-told story. We usually don’t think about what’s going on ‘under the hood.’ But as writers, we need to understand how each scene operates—we need to know what’s working (so we don’t change it) and what isn’t so we can effectively revise. In this session we’ll go through 9 steps to analyzing scenes, from places where tension can be amplified, to places where pacing needs to slow in order to give the reader the best possible ‘trip.’ We’ll examine the scenes of established writers using these methods, with the goal of providing new tools that you can apply to your fiction.

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. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

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!