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Recipes for Scenes: Crafting Powerful, Memorable Moments that Move Your Story

July 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:10 pm EDT

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Are you working on a novel, short story or memoir? Scenes are your building blocks.

Scenes are the base for so much of our narrative. But crafting a truly dramatic, necessary scene is much more complicated than it seems; many scenes start strong but go nowhere. In fact, each scene in your work has to do a lot of heavy lifting: deepening character, opening out theme, and moving the story forward while hewing tightly to the cause-and-effect tension line.

This all has to happen on the page effortlessly, and at once. It’s a lot to manage!

This webinar presents a proven strategy for building powerful, memorable, scenes from start to finish. First, we break down scene elements one by one; then, you’ll learn a process for crafting and layering effective scenes that will elevate your story.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • WHEN to use scene
  • When NOT TO use scene
  • The different TYPES OF SCENES, and what each one accomplishes
  • HOW to design and build a scene container from start to finish
  • WHY you need the menu of action options
  • COMMON PITFALLS that weaken scene work

This webinar is for…

  • Beginning writers seeking to learn essential narrative techniques
  • Experienced writers at work on a prose project that has flat spots
  • Novelists, memoirists, and story writers who want to publish and grow their audience
  • Anyone curious about all the different things that can be accomplished via scene

Closed captioning is available ✔
All registrants receive the recording ✔


One of our most popular presenters, HEATHER SELLERS has a Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. She has been teaching, coaching writers, and publishing poetry and prose for over thirty years. Heather is the author of four craft guides for writers, including the popular The Practice of Creative Writing and the brand-new How to Make Poems: Form and Technique. She’s published a memoir on face blindness, You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know, featured on Good Morning America and NPR, along with a children’s book, a collection of short stories, and four volumes of poetry. She gives readings and talks around the country, most recently at NASA, and she has won numerous awards for her teaching. Currently, she directs the creative writing program at the University of South Florida where she was given the University’s prestigious Kosove Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Service in 2022. She offers private online courses and in-person courses in Tampa, Florida, where she lives, writes, and gardens.


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