Scene-Writing Boot Camp, with Anita Amirrezvani, July 28 (via Wet Ink/Zoom)

Anita Amirrzevani

WEDNESDAYS, JULY 28 — AUG. 25  |  Strong scenes are the basic building blocks of the best novels and short stories ever written. This five-week course for beginning and intermediate writers will break down the art of scene-writing in fiction and give you the tools for writing scenes that readers will never forget.

The class will consist of:

  1. assigned readings on writing techniques and examples of fiction that illustrate those techniques
  2. writing prompts
  3. opportunities to receive peer feedback on your work
  4. feedback from the teacher on your work

The class will address questions such as:

  • What are the indispensable elements of a scene?
  • What’s the difference between a big scene and a little one, and how can you make sure that every scene you write counts?
  • How can action be used in a scene for best effect?
  • What elements make the ending of a scene as powerful as possible?

Classes will include a discussion of assigned readings, with an emphasis on identifying and using writing craft techniques in your own work. Students will be offered writing prompts and opportunities to share writing with fellow students and receive feedback from the teacher. By the end of the class, students will understand the key elements of scene-writing in fiction and what makes readers eager to keep turning the page.

Hybrid class. Asynchronous learning materials for this class will be available online (via the Wet Ink platform). Scheduled class sessions will take place via Zoom. Registered students, please contact the instructor directly for Zoom details.

Anita Amirrezvani is a novelist, editor, and writing teacher who was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco. Her first novel, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in 31 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction (now the Women’s Prize). Her second novel, Equal of the Sun, was published by Scribner in 2012 and has appeared in ten languages. Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, an anthology co-edited with Persis Karim, was released in 2013. She teaches in the writing programs at the California College of the Arts.


Number of sessions: 5

Dates: Wednesdays, July 28; August 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm Pacific Time

Wet Ink modules available: July 28, 7:00am Pacific Time

Course fee: $375

Discounts are available for students with a financial need. If, on the other hand, you are doing well and would like to sponsor a student who could not otherwise take the class, your gift will be put to good use. Please email the instructor for more details.
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