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Scene Work: Crafting Compelling Stories through Powerful Scene Writing

March 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

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Scenes are the building blocks of story. Elevate your game with core scene writing essentials.

Scenes are the basic building blocks of story. Novels, memoirs, and stories, as well as newsletters, blogs, and essays all rely on the power of memorable, compelling scenes in order to draw readers in and move them through a meaningful narrative experience. But many scenes 1) meander, or 2) they are thin, or 3) they lack truly transformative dramatic action.

In this webinar, we will cover the four key strategies you need to build powerful scenes. You’ll discover how to incline and sequence scenes to build an effective story. 

This information-rich presentation will provide writers with a handy scene template, strategies for creating a scene-drawing process, and a set of no-fail prompts and resources for further study.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • CORE scene types
  • HOW TO USE scene templates to build powerful scenes
  • HOW TO GENERATE content for effective conflict
  • WHEN TO USE what type of scene
  • HOW TO DEEPEN drama and evoke character emotion
  • HOW TO SEQUEL, INCLINE, and SEQUENCE scenes in a story

This webinar is ideal for writers 

  • Novelists, story writers, and memoirists who want to use powerful, memorable scenes to keep their reader engaged
  • Beginning writers seeking to learn scene basics
  • Intermediate writers needing to hone scene skills
  • Experienced writers seeking to refresh their practice
  • Bloggers and Substackers ready to up their game
  • Anyone who wants to hone their scene-writing skillset

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording.


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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March 6
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
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