Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: The Architecture of a Scene

Sun, 28 Mar 2021 1:00 PM

The scene is the dramatic core of fiction, where characters and setting come together to propel plot forward. As a fiction writer, scenes are your building blocks. Each scene has a beginning, middle and end—and either the story advances or a character’s life is somehow altered.

In this workshop, we will study some great narrative scenes and explore some of the principles and techniques that make them work. We’ll talk about how to develop your first drafts into emotionally resonant scenes, how to find the arc of a scene, and how some scenes should begin in the middle. Bring a scene from a work in progress (with dialogue and more than one character) or an idea for one.

Instructor Bio:

E R (Eric) Brown is a career writer and editor. His critically praised novel Almost Criminal was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an Arthur Ellis Award and named a Book of the Year by the 49th Shelf. His short stories have been published by magazines ranging from Prairie Fire to Mystery Weekly, and one was dramatized by the CBC.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio and the Banff Wired Writing program, he has presented workshops on writing and has done manuscript consults, both privately and through the TWS outreach program with the West Vancouver Public Library.


Date(s): Sun, March 28, 2021, 1 pm to 2:30 pm PT

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $25 (plus service fee and GST)  Register



Phone: 778-782-8000 (or toll-free 1-844-782-8877)