The Family History Writing Studio

Writing the Family History Scene

Begins March 21, 2017 6-week course.

In this course, we focus our attention on turning the events of our ancestor’s life into scenes. Scenes are the hallmark of engaging stories. Without them, our stories are dry and lifeless. Through our six weeks together, we look at the difference between scene and summary. We cover the various elements required to write a scene including description, dialogue, and conflict. We learn to add layers of emotion and theme to our scenes. By the end, family history writers will have a full understanding of scene writing and will be on their way to practicing and improving their scenes to write engaging family history stories. We keep these classes small so that we can critique each other’s work, get one on one help, and learn from each other.

21 STUDENTS ENROLLED
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It’s not easy turning the events in your ancestor’s life in action scenes that will engage your readers. In this new course, we focus our attention on scene writing. We look at the difference between scene and summary. We cover the various elements required to write a scene, description, dialogue, and conflict. We learn to add layers of emotion and theme to our scenes. At then end of this six-week course, family history writers will have a full understanding of scene writing and will be on their way to practicing and improving their scene writing skills.

 

Course Curriculum

What is a Scene
The Building Blocks of Family History Stories 00:00:00
The Structure of Creative Nonfiction 00:08:00
The Yellow Highlighter Test 00:00:00
What’s in a Scene? 00:00:00
Scene Elements Worksheet 00:00:00
Assignment 1 – Identifying Your Scene 00:00:00
Writing a Scene
Reading: Oh, Beautiful 00:00:00
How to Write Family History Scene 00:18:00
Assignment 2 – A Scribble Scene 00:00:00
Characterization - Understanding Your Ancestors Inside and Out
Characterization Video 00:00:00
Expanding Your Scribble Draft 00:00:02
The Three D's of Scene - Description, Detail and Dialogue
The Three D’s – Description, Detail, and Dialogue 00:00:00
How to Use Your Senses 00:00:00
Creating a Sense of Place 00:00:00
Imagery 00:00:00
Turn Telling into Showing 00:00:00
Bringing Dialogue to Your Story 00:17:00
Layers of Scene - Action, Theme, Inner Journey
Three Layers of Story 00:00:00
Theme vs. Motif 00:00:00
Inner Journey Resources 00:00:00
Bringing it All Together 00:00:00
Revision and Endings
Polishing it Up 00:00:00
Ending a Scene 00:00:00

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