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HomeScene by Scene: How to Create Compelling Scenes in Fiction with Adele Annesi
Scene by Scene: How to Create Compelling Scenes in Fiction with Adele Annesi
Scenes are the building blocks of fiction, but what makes a scene strong, fully realized and effective, and why do some scenes fall short? This workshop explores all these aspects and more. We’ll consider such key elements as backstory, interior and exterior dialogue, the role of setting, and how to develop character and advance plot at the same time. We also examine how to structure scenes in a section or chapter to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. The workshop is suitable for short and long-form fiction of all genres. We’ll also explore aspects of scene revision so writers should bring their current projects to share and for Q&A, examples and discussion.
TIME: 10am – 12noon
REGISTRATION FEE: $45
Adele Annesi is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher, and co-author of Now What? The Creative Writer's Guide to Success After the MFA. A founder of the Ridgefield Writers Conference and Muse & Music, a book editor for Word for Words, LLC, and a former development editor for Scholastic Publishing, Adele has published articles, columns, posts, reviews and stories in venues such as 34th Parallel, Authors Publish Magazine, Feile-Festa, Fresh Ink, Fringe Blog, Hamline University’s Lit Link, Hotmetalpress, Midway Journal, Miranda Literary Magazine, Orca: A Literary Journal, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Pyramid, The Ridgefield Press, the Washington Independent Review of Books and Southern Literary Review, where she served as managing editor. Her work has been anthologized for Chatter House Press and Fairfield University, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her essay on Italian citizenship is among the Clarion Award-winning Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers, and she received the Editor's Choice award from the National Library of Poetry. Adele’s sudden fiction has been adapted for the stage, and she has served as poetry and short story judge for the Danbury Cultural Commission. Adele teaches and leads a mentoring program in fiction for Westport Writers’ Workshop. She is a member of AWP, Acorn Storiers, the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, the Historical Novel Society, PEN America and the Ridgefield Historical Society. Adele posts for her long-running editor’s blog at wordforwords.blogspot.com; her website is adeleannesi.blogspot.com.