Seven Scenes for Fiction Writers, Vol. 2 - For Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions!

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

Seven Scenes for Fiction Writers, Vol. 2

A Project of The Baltimore Review

Get the new year off to a good start by warming up your writing muscles--or give  "Seven Scenes for Fiction Writers" as a gift!

"Seven Scenes for Fiction Writers" is a one-week+ opportunity for writers to practice writing vivid scenes and to give and receive structured feedback on a user-friendly online learning platform. Seriously. You don't need to be a computer wiz.

Each day beginning Saturday, January 2, 2016 at noon, we will post five ideas for a scene, 1,000 words or less (very short scenes are fine), that could be used in a work of fiction. Participants write scenes, then give and receive feedback in the Discussion section. At least one BR editor will also be on the site to give feedback.

Unable to write a scene on each of the seven days? Want to backtrack and write a scene from a previous day? Not a problem. Post when you can. But do try to provide brief feedback to others.

Each day's possibilities page will remain open, and you will be able to post scenes and give and receive feedback, for one week after the Day Seven page is published. So two whole weeks.

You'll cut and paste your scene into the discussion box on the right of each day's page, then click "Post" when you're ready to share. Then you'll reply with brief feedback to at least two other writers, using the following structure:

Feedback structure:

Respond to fellow participants’ scenes with the following: 

(1) a strength of the scene

(2) a suggestion the writer may wish to consider when revising

(3) an idea or two for related scenes to consider in developing a story further (stretches your own imagination in the process)

That's it. Pretty simple, right? 1-2-3. 

Plus some bonus content along the way. All for the very reasonable price of $35.

Please submit your payment and registration request through the “Seven Scenes” category in Submittable. Click on the blue Submit button on this page to get to the "Seven Scenes" category. In the cover letter box, just type your name and email address and "Sign me up for Seven Scenes." You'll receive an email invitation before the course starts. 

Giving the online workshop as a holiday gift? Be sure to include the lucky recipient's email address. If you want us to wait until a particular date to send a "you received a gift!" email, be sure to let us know.