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.
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.
|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|
|Assignment – 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|
|Turn Telling into Showing||00:00:00|
|Bringing Dialogue to Your Story||00:17:00|
|Layers of Scene - Action, Theme, Inner Journey|
|Bringing it All Together||00:00:00|
|Three Layers of Story||00:00:00|
|Theme vs. Motif||00:00:00|
|Inner Journey Resources||00:00:00|
|Revision and Endings|
|Polishing it Up||00:00:00|
|Ending a Scene||00:00:00|
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