Workshops & Classes 2018
Fort Wayne, Indiana (Check below for online classes.)
Writing Fiction Scene by Scene
6 Tues, 9/11-/10/16, 6:30-9 p.m., location tba
Scenes are the building blocks of fiction. In this six-week combination “lecture” and workshop class, we will focus on the elements of effective scenes through short readings and participants’ own work. Although the emphasis will be on character, voice, and point of view (POV), we will also explore setting, theme, conflict, and other elements of fiction as they arise. Participants may bring material from novels, novellas, or short stories in progress or generate new work for the class. The instructor will provide prompts for those who care to use them. Literary or genre fiction are welcome (but no erotica or gratuitous violence), as are writers at all levels. Students will have the opportunity to submit work for respectful feedback, and we will discuss effective ways to give and receive comments.
Sheila Webster Boneham has written nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for academic, literary, and commercial markets. her work has earned her a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship, the Prime Number Magazine Award for Creative Nonfiction and six Maxwell and MUSE awards for fiction and nonfiction from the professional organizations for dog and cat writers. Her essays and poems have appeared in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing, Red Earth Review, The Written River Journal of Eco-poetics, The Wayfarer, Minerva Rising, and elsewhere. The four novels in her Animals in Focus mystery series have earned much praise for accurate portrayals of nonhuman characters. She has also written 17 nonfiction books about dogs, cats, and animal rescue. Sheila has taught writing for more decades than she cares to divulge. She holds a Ph.D. in folklore from Indiana University and MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Click links on this site to learn more about Sheila's work.