Strategies for Writing Scenes


Learn what makes a scene powerful and essential to your longer prose work through reading, discussion, and workshopping.


What you can learn.

  • Define what makes a scene effective as a stand-alone element of a longer work
  • Workshop scenes from participants' works in progress
  • Explore different approaches to scene writing
  • Identify possibilities that exist in crafting scenes, based on your own work and the work of other writers

About this course:

In this three-hour workshop, writers will examine the many components that comprise a scene. Participants will explore different approaches to scene-writing, define what makes a successful scene and do some hands-on scene critiquing and some writing exercises that will help you explore how to make the most out of each scene. Please come to class with one scene you’d like to workshop. Please keep this scene five pages long or less. This workshop is geared towards writers working on novels, memoirs, non-fiction, young adult novels, and short stories. Writers will leave this workshop with a stronger sense of the many possibilities as well as the many different approaches to scene writing.

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