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12/06 Make a Scene! with Tamara Guirado

Date: First Class is Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 Time: 6pm-8pm Number of sessions: 2--Thursdays Dec. 6 & Dec. 13 Members: $60 Nonmembers: $72 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Make a Scene!  Techniques for writing conflict-fueled scenes.

In fiction, to really get and hold the reader’s attention, writers create vivid scenes, which are fundamental building blocks of fiction (and much creative non-fiction). This fun, exercise-based class will teach you the elements of writing scenically and will focus specifically on creating high-conflict scenes.

We will discuss how to connect our scenes and how to “jump-cut” from one scene to another. Borrowing techniques from the screenwriter and playwright’s toolbox, we’ll learn how to develop discord between characters, exploit power dynamics, and ratchet up the tension.


Tamara Avila Guirado was born close enough to Disneyland to see the fireworks. Her short story “Dog Children” was included in Best New American Voices 2005 and her short story “Above Asmara” won a Robie McCauley Award from StoryQuarterly and was subsequently included as a Special Mention in the 2009 Pushcart Prize Anthology.  She was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship at Stanford University, a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, and a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil. She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction for over ten years in universities, caves, and seedy motels. She holds an M.F.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA.

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