Scene-Building Craft Intensive



At what point in reading CNF does your experience of the piece shift? Chances are, it's when you read a scene. Deeply familiar to readers and writers of fiction, scenes can move nonfiction readers from “Oh, this is interesting” to “Wow, what a story.” We'll analyze powerful CNF scenes, noting where the author inserts them, what work they're doing, and how they are built. Then we'll identify content that lends itself to scene and work on transforming nonscene material into active prose that pulls readers in. Bring a laptop and a work in progress or a finished piece to revise.

Note: Pre-conference workshops requires additional registration. Workshops are Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a refreshment break. Price $75.00

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  • Mathina Calliope

    Mathina's writing has appeared in Longreads, Cagibi, Outside, Deep Wild, the Rumpus, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, the Brevity blog, and elsewhere.A former newspaper reporter, she has nearly 20 years’ experience teaching writing to students ages 9 to 89. She has studied at Goucher College (MFA in CNF),...