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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Intermediate

Novel Revision Series: Dialogue and the Scene

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  • $130.00 Non-Member
  • $110.00 Member

Class Description

The scene is an essential building block of contemporary fiction. But what really constitutes a scene, and what makes for a great one? In this class we’ll look at a variety of classic and contemporary scenes, break them apart and put them back together again to understand their underlying machinery and what it is, exactly, that brings them to life. We'll pay special attention to dialogue, the most direct window into the soul of your characters. Does your dialogue allow the reader direct access to your characters, and is it working in concert with other scene elements to create naturalistic, rounded, living fiction? By considering these questions, you’ll gain concrete tools to help you evaluate and refine your scenes and dialogue as you revise your novel in progress.

The week prior to class, the instructor will contact you to assign one or two readings, to be completed before the class begins. We'll also be doing several writing and/or revision exercises that will allow you to apply what you observe to your own work. Bring along several scenes from your own novel, with a preference for scenes you feel could use some improvement and/or revision.

Part of GrubStreet's Novel Revision Series, led by Tim Weed and designed for those who have either finished or are nearing completion of a novel draft. Take every class in the series or simply choose the craft topics that are relevant to the revision challenges you face with your novel in progress. Classes include:

  • Novel Revision Series: Zeroing in on Genre and Theme
  • Novel Revision Series: Dramatic Structure & Narrative Drive
  • Novel Revision Series: Descriptive Writing & Image Systems
  • Novel Revision Series: Interiority, Backstory & Flashback
  • Novel Revision Series: Point of View & Psychic Distance
  • Novel Revision Series: Dialogue & the Scene
  • Novel Revision Series: Minor & Supporting Characters
  • Novel Revision Series: Killer Openings & Symphonic Endings
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!