The scene is the basic building block of any story, but what makes a great scene? Delve into the key elements that go into writing great scenes—stage setup, characters and their motives, large and small action, dialogue, and point of view—all working together toward an exciting scene climax. Using examples from popular works of fiction, we’ll break scenes down into their parts, examine what works, and put them back together again.
Laurie Calkhoven is the author of more than 50 books for young readers, ranging from award-winning early readers to middle grade and YA novels. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she spent 20 years in book publishing, most recently as Executive Editor in the Scholastic Book Clubs.Register