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Building a Novel: From Sentence to Scene 2014 | November 8 – November 10

The basic building block of the novel is the dramatic scene. This workshop will offer strategies for improving your manuscript by exploring what makes a scene in a novel, how scene and summary serve the overall narrative arc, and how scenes build toward a dramatic climax.  We will also consider revision and rewriting on the sentence (and word) level of the text. You will leave with a better of understanding of how to build a novel and how to revise through the layers of word, sentence, summary, and scene.

Participants should have a novel in progress and will bring hard copies of the first complete scene in their manuscripts.

Faculty & Special Guests

“This workshop was exactly what I needed for this stage in revision of my novel. Great Team! Hugely helpful!”

Pamela Herron
El Paso, TX

“I came to the workshop needing ideas about how to ‘fix’ my novel. I definitely came away prepared to get to work. The bonus features: wonderful like-minded people, excellent food, and gorgeous scenery. I learned so much and the information was very well presented by knowledgeable, caring instructors. It went beyond my expectations.”

Barbara Baker
New York, NY

“I didn’t want to leave. I learned more at this workshop than I have at any other workshop, class, or lecture on writing.”

Suellen Wiggins
San Diego, CA