How to Use Scene Types to Write a Page-Turning Plot – Webinar with Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld

featured-jordan-rosenfeldStory plots are comprised of many different kinds of scenes, and not all scenes are created equal. Each scene type has strengths and weaknesses and satisfies different key moments in your plot in uniquely different ways. An integrated understanding of how to plot at the scene level takes your writing to new depths.

This intensive and information-filled 90-minute webinar — titled “How to Use Scene Types to Write a Page-Turning Plot″ — is based on the work of Martha Alderson and Jordan Rosenfeld’s new book, Writing Deep Scenes. You’ll learn the essentials of scene writing, an array of scene types and when to use them in designing a plot that resonates with readers long after they put your story down. Instructors Martha and Jordan with teach the four key energetic markers of your plot, how your character needs to transform emotionally, and where to put scenes in order to build a page-turning plot.

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m.-aldersonWHAT YOU’LL LEARN:

  • The essentials of scene writing
  • How to show, don’t tell in scenes or, in other words, demonstrate, don’t lecture
  • How to incorporate the three key layers of plot in scene: Action, Emotion, and Theme
  • An array of different scene types
  • Which scene types are more versatile than others
  • Which scene types to use sparingly
  • How scene types relate to the key turning points in your plot
  • How to know which scenes go where in your story

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Martha Alderson is the bestselling author of The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master. Her most recent book is Writing Blockbuster Plots: A Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Plot, Structure & Scene, followed by Writing Deep Scenes: Plotting Your Story Through Action, Emotion & Theme (with Jordan Rosenfeld), The Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories and The Plot Whisperer Book of Plot Writing Prompts: Easy Exercises to Get You Writing. She has also produced 4 online video programs for writers: The 27-Step Tutorial: How Do I Plot a Novel, Memoir, Screenplay?, PlotWriMo: How to Revise Your Novel in a Month, How to Write and Sell a Picture Book (with literary agent Jill Corcoran) and A Spiritual Guide for Writers: Secrets of Personal Transformation. Follow her on Twitter: @plotwhisperer

Jordan Rosenfeld is author of four writing guides, most recently Writing Deep Scenes (with Martha Alderson); Write Free: Attracting the Creative Life (with Rebecca Lawton); A Writer’s Guide to Persistence; Make a Scene, and the forthcoming Writing the Intimate Character: Master Point of View to Write Unforgettable Characters (October, 2016). She has also written three suspense novels: Women in Red, Forged in Grace, and Night Oracle. Her work has been published in such places as The Atlantic, mental_floss, the New York Times, Quartz,, the Washington Post and many more. Follow her on twitter: @JordanRosenfeld

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  • Writers who are interested in crafting strong, layered, and engaging scenes
  • Writers looking to create memorable, page-turning plots
  • Writers who have scene ideas but need practical tools for building layers and nuance
  • Writers who need support in knowing the right scene types to use at each major juncture in a story
  • Writers wanting to maximize their scenes
  • Writers who wish to develop a profound understanding of how plot and scene intertwine
  • Writers who want to challenge themselves and improve their writing skills
  • Writers interested in integrating the three major plotlines in their scenes

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The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer speakers or over your telephone. The live webinar’s visual presentation is displayed directly from the Presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions being read and answered by the Presenter for the entire class to hear. In the event some questions are not answered during the live session, an e-mail with questions and answers will be sent to all webinar attendees. By attending the live webinar and/or asking questions, your full name may be stated during the live event and captured in the recording.

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