Phoenix Writers Network
Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes
Five Wednesdays: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (PST)
All of us have treasured scenes from movies or books that have imprinted themselves upon our souls forever. They make us laugh, cry or root for the hero/heroine. Scene is the element of craft that captures the heart of the reader. This class will clarify the difference between narrative summary and scene and present the fundamentals of how to create effective scenes.
Week One: Story Structure
Week Two: Scenes - Content, Structure, Conflict
Week Three: Dialogue and Character
Week Four: Imagery - Writing that appeals to the senses
Week Five: Peer Sharing and Review
Text book: The Best American Short Stories of the Century (John Updike Edition)
Steps to register for class:
1. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
2. Submit payment in full. Venmo (Susan Pohlman - 3), Paypal (below), Personal Check
3. Class will be held via Zoom.
I am happy to work with you in a private coaching environment. Please contact me for details!
Testimonials for Susan:
"Susan's classes taught me to identify and analyze story elements and scenes. I now understand how to write an effective scene and how to improve the scenes I've previously written. I am in control of my storytelling in a new and wonderful way and have the tools and confidence to write the next draft of my novel." ~Windy Lynn Harris
"This was my first writing class. As a novice, I was concerned about others in the class being more knowledgeable and I might feel out of place. Those concerns quickly disappeared as I felt embraced by the warmth of Susan's smile and the camaraderie she created. Her teaching style is just as warm. She has the ability to deliver a large amount of information in a clear, concise and fun way. The exercises dump you into the deep end of the pool without fear of drowning and you soon realize you are not just swimming but making progress. Give yourself a gift and take this class. I am so glad I did."
“Susan masterfully presents writing technique. I loved her class.” ~Meg Smeck
"I loved taking Susan's class -- it's great for all types of writers, whether you're starting out or you just need to refresh your writing soul! It was wonderful to meet like-minded writing women and to feel the energy of people who love to share their stories. I wish she held this class weekly because I would definitely be there all the time -- Thank you for re-energizing me Susan, I got my writing mojo back!" ~Stephanie Elliot
"Susan Pohlman's "Scene Study Class" was informative and instructional. She walked the class through the elements of scene writing as she exposed us to excellent pieces of short story fiction. Her teaching style is direct and positive. I look forward to taking many more classes with her." ~Marie Derminio
“Susan teaches with passion and humor. Great for writers at any level.” ~Mary McDermott Slawsby
“For anyone interested in opening the door to that writer that lives in us all, I highly recommend Susan Pohlman's writing classes. The weekly topics and organizational breakdown of memoir writing techniques, from getting started to getting published, were easy to understand. Sue's encouraging words and positive outlook on life motivated everyone in the class.” ~Pricilla Bertling
"As a person who has worked in the administration of training for over 20 years, I want to say that Susan is a great trainer. She knows her audience, has great pacing, effective balance of formal to informal with ease, respectful and delightfully human. Susan is very relatable and authentic as well as knowledgeable." ~ Mary O., IL
"Susan has a way of blending inspiration and spirituality with the technical aspects of writing to help evoke the emotion our readers crave. The curriculum and coaching has pushed me to take honing my craft much more seriously." Suzy D., NJ
"Susan presents both craft knowledge and creative skills training in her curriculum. I left understanding my own voice and appreciating the work of others." WH., AZ
"Susan is a wealth of information and really cares about her students." Julie O., IA