Letters from the Program Director: Learn How Scene Legos Work

Hello writers,

Scenes are the building blocks of our stories so it makes sense that writing a good scene is an important skill that writers should be paying attention to. Simply put, scenes are where the magic happens, where readers decide whether or not to keep reading, where they fall in (or out of) love with your characters, and they’re what they remember most in the end. But scenes are also where the action happens, they contain conversations, conflict, they lay the groundwork for setting and atmosphere, and they have to do all of this while still being compelling and well-written–it’s no wonder writers spend so much time honing this aspect of the craft.

But crafting scenes is more than just about what happens in them or how they might make a reader feel because they also have to work together. But how do you set up a scene to begin with and then transition into the next? How do you know whether or not a scene should be expanded or cut? How do you know if a scene might fit better earlier or later in the piece? When you have hundreds of pages and scenes to work with, the questions are endless.

That’s why we’re excited to offer the class “Crafting a Vivid Scene from Beginning to End” with Chaitali Sen on Saturday, February 5. If you want to invigorate your writing and learn what it takes to write a well-crafted scene that you can use as an anchor for even more scenes, this class is for you.

All the best,
Sam Babiak
Program Director

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