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The Balanced Scene

Intermediate | What constitutes a scene? In this workshop, we will break a fiction scene down to its basic structural elements: dialogue, context, and backstory. We will look at ways these three elements can be braided together to effectively inform, engage, and intrigue a reader. Drawing on examples in contemporary novels, students will walk away with several templates as inspiration for their own scenes.

Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.

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Instructor: Mary Adkins

Class Type: 1 Session


Term: Winter 2022

Start Date: 02/10/2022

Days of the Week: Thursday

Time: 1:10 pm – 4:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Mary Adkins

Mary Adkins is the author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick and “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping and Real Simple), Privilege ( Best Summer Read, New York Post Best Book of the Week), and Palm Beach (which the AP calls "like a sandy beach, equal parts beautiful and uncomfortable".)
Her books have been published in 13 countries, and her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more. A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she teaches storytelling for The Moth worldwide and creative writing both online and in her hometown of Nashville.

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