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Scene and Story

Thanks to Maria Semple, 100% of the proceeds from this class will be donated right back to Hugo House!

As a novelist, you must grab the reader immediately and not let go. But how? In this workshop, we’ll go deep to help you write a compelling story, with special focus on crafting crackling scenes. Novelists, screenwriters and nonfiction writers are welcome. Bring the first ten pages of your book- or screenplay-in-progress, but you do not need to have pages ready to register and attend.

This class meets 6pm-9pm on:

Thursday, January 4
Thursday, January 11
Friday, January 12
Monday, January 15
Thursday, January 18

Registration will open at 10:30am on Tuesday, December 19.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Maria Semple

Class Type: 5 Sessions

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Start Date: 01/04/2018

End Date: 01/18/2018

Days of the Week: Monday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 12

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$795.00 General Price:

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Maria Semple

Maria Semple is the author of the best-selling novels Today Will Be Different and Where’d You Go, Bernadette. She wrote for the TV shows Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the New Yorker. Where’d You Go, Bernadette has been translated into 30 languages. It spent over a year on the New York Times bestseller list and made over a dozen yearend best lists. It was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize and received the Alex Award from the American Library Association. The film version of the book, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Billy Crudup, will premiere in March 2019. Today Will Be Different was featured on the cover of the New York Times book review. It made over a dozen year-end best lists and is currently in development as a limited TV series.

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