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Making a Scene

All Levels | Scenes are the building blocks of fiction—and yet while an education in playwriting pays tremendous attention to the architecture of scene, fiction workshops tend to overlook it. We’ll take a playwright’s approach to fiction by learning how to build scenes with a solid arc, scenes that advance every element of the story. On Saturday, we’ll talk architecture, momentum, and shape. We’ll also discuss all the things that aren’t scene, including exposition, summary, and atemporal narration. On Sunday, we’ll dissect some published scenes (and look at some that break all the rules). We’ll also spend time rethinking our own scene structures. Appropriate for writers working on short stories, novels, and scene-driven creative nonfiction.

This class has a one-hour lunch break.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.

Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Rebecca Makkai

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 12/01/2018

End Date: 12/02/2018

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Hundred-Year House and The Borrower, and the story collection Music for Wartime. Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Short Stories.

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