Make a Scene!
Scenes are the building blocks of story. In this day-long workshop we will identify the components of effective scenes in fiction and memoir by studying expert examples and discuss how scenes move together to build short stories or longer manuscripts that keep readers engaged. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a collection of scenes that can be used as the framework for the narrative arc of a short story or personal essay or the beginnings of a novel or memoir.
Lauren Carter is the author of four books. Her first novel, Swarm, was on CBC’s list of 40 novels that could change Canada. In 2014, her short story “Rhubarb” won top place in the Prairie Fire fiction prize and appeared in the annual Best Canadian Stories (edited by John Metcalf). Her work has also been nominated for the Journey Prize and longlisted multiple times for the CBC Literary Prizes in both poetry and fiction. She grew up in Blind River, Ontario, and lived in Orillia, Ontario before moving to The Pas, Manitoba. She currently resides in the rural area of St. Andrews, Manitoba, near Winnipeg.