ONLINE Turning Memories into Scenes
Timothy Findley says that the writer cannot see the mass, as such, because the writer never looks to see the mass; the writer looks to see the parts. Looking at the parts—at the fragments of our memories—and capturing poignant details that excite and challenge the reader is the essence of scene writing. But there’s more. What do scenes do? How do they begin and end? How do they move a story forward, fit into the whole, turn time into a rubber band? In this course, we’ll examine several types of scenes and use them as models to develop our own scenes. We’ll then link our scenes together to create a superlative piece of writing.
This is an interactive online class using the Zoom web platform.
Laura Swart is passionate about writing and teaching. She has taught creative and critical writing to adults for thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. She is a published novelist, poet, and playwright and the director of I-AM ESL, an online language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Laura’s degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking and woven themselves into her classroom and her writing.