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

Making a Scene—How to build compelling stories with intention

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  • $150.00 Non-Member
  • $130.00 Member

Class Description

Scenes are the basic building blocks of plot. Well-written scenes create an emotional connection for the reader by making characters and events seem real, and by giving characters recognizable, yet complex emotions. Every scene ought to serve more than one purpose—develop characters, solve problems, resolve issues, tee-up conflict, etc… The more of these purposes you embed into each scene, the higher the stakes/tension/conflict.

In this all-day workshop, you’ll learn how to start and end scenes effectively, as well as play with tricks for creating narrative drive, moving the story forward toward a full arc. Together we’ll read examples of effective scenes and you’ll have the chance to practice using some visual methods for writing and structuring scenes that are useful at the outlining and first-draft-writing stages.

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!