Portland Book Festival workshop: Make A Scene, Please


Portland Book Festival workshop: Make A Scene, Please


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Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Classroom A
Northwest Film Center (934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205)
$75.00 (tuition includes admission to the festival if purchased before Friday, November 8)
Instructor: Natalie Serber
Limited to 15 students

Stories and personal narratives are told in a mix of scene and summary, otherwise known as dramatization and narration, also known as showing and telling.  Readers like to be in on the action.  In this workshop we will look at how to write cohesive and energetic scenes, how to infuse summary pages with dynamic scene-lets, and how to keep the prose vivid and active. Examples, practical writing prompts and exercises will be shared.

Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) a New York Times Notable Book of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine, and an Oregonian Top 10 Books of the Pacific Northwest and an Indie Next Pick. Her memoir, Community Chest, was published by Two Sylvias Press. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, and Hunger Mountain. Essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, O:the Oprah Magazine, Salon, The Rumpus and elsewhere.