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You’re Making a Scene! Creating Scenes in Nonfiction

It’s no wonder we use this phrase when someone “grabs attention.” Even if scenes are quiet, nonfiction must possess the urgency of a novel. Using established writers’ work, we will learn how scenes engage the reader and why they serve a larger narrative arc. We’ll tackle dialogue, address precise description, and wrestle with metaphor. Each participant will leave with at least one new scene to build their story. Applicable to essayists, memoirists, and all working on literary nonfiction.

Instructor: Christine Hemp

Class Type: 2 Sessions

Start Date: 04/25/2015

End Date: 04/26/2015

Days of the Week: Saturday, Sunday

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Christine Hemp

Christine Hemp has worked with S’Klallam tribal elders, Microsoft managers, Episcopal clergy, police officers, and youth offenders. Her poems and essays have aired on NPR, and she has received numerous awards, including a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She is currently on the 2019-2020 Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau for her talk “From Homer to #hashtags” which explores our changing language—and how it changes us.

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