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All Levels. You have the draft of a story, but all is chaos. You sense your material has no flow, no shape, no path to order. Enter the power of scene! Our mission: to create the internal and external logic of an entire story. We’ll do close readings to discover the machinery behind good scenes (including opening scenes); explore different ways to begin, propel, end, and link scenes to one another; and ponder how they can be used to achieve specific effects that shape the story itself. Participants will do in-class exercises and take-home assignments that will have the opportunity to be workshopped.
Alma García's short fiction has been published as award-winning in Narrative Magazine, Passages North, and Boulevard, and is forthcoming in Enizagam and in the anthology Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig Press/Picador).