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Scene is the smallest unit of story, the atom of Story’s periodic table. Yet many writers struggle to define it, let alone master it in their storytelling. A strong scene immerses the reader in some aspect of the character’s experience–in a specific moment in time with one setting and one or more characters interacting in some way. And it sets up the cause-and-effect trajectory that drives the pace and emotional tension of the larger story. This 75-minute webinar will define the parts of a scene, illuminate common scene-level mistakes, and teach writers how to use character motivation and emotion to create the kind of scenes that keep readers turning pages.
Julie Artz spent her young life sneaking into wardrobes searching for Narnia. When people started to think that was creepy, she went in search of other ways to go on mystical adventures. Now she finds those long-sought doors to magical story worlds in her work as an author, editor, and book coach. An active member of the writing community, she has volunteered for SCBWI, TeenPit, and Pitch Wars and is a member of EFA, the Authors Guild, and AWP. A social and environmental justice minded story geek, Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Redmond, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and two naughty furry familiars.