In this craft talk we'll examine the components that make for a successful scene, whether you're writing fiction, nonfiction, a stage play or a screenplay. Setting, dialogue, and by extension, character, are a scene's primary building blocks, and we'll assess some examples of scenes from published works. We'll also discuss legendary director Mike Nichols' advice that every scene should be centered on a fight, a negotiation, or a seduction.
Christine Sneed is the author of four books, most recently the story collection The Virginity of Famous Men. She is the editor of a short fiction anthology forthcoming from Tortoise Books, Love in the Time of #TimesUp. Her work has been published in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, New Stories from the Midwest, Ploughshares, New York Times, and numerous other publications. She has received the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation, the Society of Midland Authors Award, and the Chicago Writers’ Association Book of the Year Award, among other honors. She lives in Pasadena, California and teaches for Northwestern University’s and Regis University’s graduate creative writing programs.
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