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Writing the Perfect Scene

Saturday, March 16, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN (507.732.7616)
Cost: $35

It could take you years to write the perfectly styled scene, depending on your dedication and talent. But in several hours you can learn to write perfectly structured scenes—perfect snapshots of your characters’ lives. When you learn to ride a bike, you focus on all the details—balance, pedaling, stopping—before it becomes second nature.

Writing scenes is similar. Practice makes perfect. Soon you’ll be writing scenes without having to consider why you’re doing what you’re doing. Using novel and movie examples, we’ll learn what questions to ask of every scene, how to brainstorm possible events (because not all options you have in your head are equally good), how to cut away unnecessary fat, and how to clean up a rough first draft.

For the intermediate to advanced writer.

Beyond Speech: Tricks to Writing Dialogue

March 23, 2013, 9 a.m. to noon
Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Avenue, Zumbrota, MN (507.732.7616)
Cost: $35

We’ve all been in conversations where more is being said through tics and gestures and looks than in the actual dialogue. For many writers, the inability to write good dialogue is the obstacle holding them back in their writing career. Dialogue reveals so much more than we think—where a character is from, her true motivation, her psychological profile, her social status, and the state of her relationships to others—and it’s difficult to show all of that information in a subtle yet brilliant way.

Using a plethora of book and movie examples, we’ll learn:
• The functions of dialogue
• The most common mistakes in writing dialogue (and how to fix them)
• How to achieve an acceptable rhythm
• How to adjust your story’s mood
• How to manipulate your story’s pace

For the intermediate to advanced writer.