This four-week workshop will focus on the mechanics of scene writing, drawing from a cross-section of genres and mediums—from playwriting to literary fiction to screenwriting.
Your Instructor: Wally Rudolph, author of FOUR CORNERS and MIGHTY, MIGHTY
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: February 16, 2017 - March 16, 2017
Enrollment: 16 students
Think of a novel as a puzzle.
The pieces of the puzzle are your scenes. They need to fit together. To do that, they need to stand out from each other—how hard would it be to put together a jigsaw puzzle that's nothing but blue sky, or a Jackson Pollock painting?
Your scenes are the building blocks of narrative.
And Wally Rudolph, author of the critically-acclaimed books Four Corners and Mighty, Mighty, is here to help you shape those building blocks.
This four-week workshop will focus on the mechanics of scene writing, drawing from a cross-section of genres and mediums—from playwriting to literary fiction to screenwriting. It'll take a step-by-step approach to understanding the basics of scene structure and character dynamics.
By the end, you'll have an understanding of the basic components that go into creating an effective literary scene, and be on your way to mastering the complex interplay of conflict, character, dialogue, and action that applies to all literary genres and styles.
*Sign up by Feb. 9 to save $25 on the cost of the class!
*After Feb. 9, the price will increase to $350 for the general public and $325 for LitReactor members.
What This Class Covers
Week 1 — “Less is more. Show don’t tell.”
In the first week, the course will focus on screenplays and the power that action and image has on creating insight into a characters’ inner lives and motivation with a focus on the power of behavior in defining characters.
Week 2 — “Today is the day.”
In the second week, the course will focus on scene breakdown and text analysis of stage plays with a focus on understanding the interplay of dialogue and conflict.
Week 3 — “The Sound of Fury”
Using existing texts across mediums, we will examine what works and doesn’t work in creating action that at once has aural and visceral value to the reader’s experience of action in text.
Week 4 — “The Grand Conjunction”
Putting it all together.
*Each week will include a writing assignment that will challenge you to put your new skills to the test. It'll be critiqued by Wally and your peers. There will also be ample opportunity for Q&A and discussion along the way.
Goals Of This Class
- Focus on the mechanics of scene writing
- Draw from a cross-section of genres and mediums
- Understand the basics of scene structure and character dynamics
- Discover the basic components that go into creating an effective literary scene
- Master the complex interplay of conflict, character, dialogue, and action that applies to all literary genres and styles
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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