Lorin Oberweger, Free Expressions founder, editor and award winning author, discussed scene structure with an attentive group at the August 13th meeting. Using an example opening scene, she covered the basic building blocks of a scene, including time and place, viewpoint character, and inciting incident. Her handouts included a scene synopsis card, which guides the writer in building a sound scene, and her own Scene Response Sheet, which gives the reader a group of criteria for rating the effectiveness of a scene on a gut level. This is helpful from a critique standpoint as well as a self-evaluation.
Ms. Oberweger's relaxed style and confident command of knowledge made her a big hit with the audience, and many told me afterward how grateful they were for her presentation. I look forward to her return in the future.
If anyone is interested in improving their writing skills through a workshop, which is highly recommended by many writers, editors and others in the business, Lorin hosts several excellent seminars, including those by Donald Maass. (Enthusiastic disclaimer: I attended his High Tension Workshop last year and it was incredible!)
'til next month,
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