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Scenes: A Collage Approach to Narrative Making

We are often made to think that stories come to us in a chronological order, but they often do not. Stories are scenes held together by powerful transitional moments. Most of us, consciously or not, have come to narrative through the moving image and as such tend to collage but are often working against our own intuitive nature. In this workshop we will learn what a scene is, how successful scenes are built, how they operate and how they work in conjunction and in isolation. We will learn, analyze, practice and workshop. Workshop is part seminar, part generational and part discussion. Come with computers, pen and paper and an open mind.

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: Chris Abani

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 10/19/2019

End Date: 10/20/2019

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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$300.00 General Price:

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Chris Abani

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria; an MA in English, gender, and culture from Birkbeck College, University of London; and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001. Abani is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award. His work has been translated into thirteen languages.

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