Deconstructing Scenes: A Scene Writing Workshop Series

Scene Writing Workshop in Los Angeles

Get all the tools you need to write better scenes.

In this series of scene writing workshops, we will examine in depth a different element of scene writing every Wednesday evening, so that by the end of the workshop series, you will feel like you have all the tools you need to write better scenes.

Each workshop starts with introductions, then a presentation on the evening’s topic with examples, a Q&A period, and one or two writing exercises to help cement what you’ve just learned.

You can join any session you’d like to attend or work privately with a book coach.

All Scene Writing Workshops in the Series:

You can attend all the scene writing workshops or attend only the topics that interest you. We meet on Wednesday evenings in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

Date Workshop Description
Wed., 02/27/19 Introduction to Scene Writing Learn the elements of writing a scene, which we will dive into in detail in the ensuing sessions. We will talk about the arc of a scene, and why scene arcs are important.
Wed., 03/06/19 Structure Learn three-act structure and discuss how it relates to character arc. We will also cover your central dramatic question and the role of stakes in your overall story arc.
Wed., 03/13/19 POV & Narrators Learn the different kinds of narrator choices you have when writing a scene, as well as how to execute POV for each narrator choice properly.
Wed., 03/20/19 Dialogue & Internal Dialogue Learn how to write better internal dialogue (character thoughts) and external dialogue (words your character says aloud).
Wed., 03/27/19 Setting & Subtext Learn how to write better setting and examine the role of subtext in scenes.
Wed., 04/03/19 Character Development Learn to develop your characters and make them feel more real, by focusing on both pre-story character development and ways to develop your characters better during your story.
Wed., 04/10/19 Prose Learn ways to write a better narrative, with an emphasis on writing better sentences.
Wed., 04/17/19 Pacing, Mood & Tone Learn how to pay attention to pacing, mood, and tone in your scenes.
Wed., 05/01/19 Voice Learn ways to help figure out your writer’s voice, and how to give your characters unique voices.
Wed., 05/15/19 Common Mistakes & Scene Deconstruction Learn the common mistakes in manuscripts and how to deconstruct a scene from your favorite book.

Who can attend?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 years old.
  • Anyone wanting to write a story, including memoir writers.
  • Class size: 8 maximum

Learn to write better scenes in this workshop series. This workshop is an introduction to scene writing, and details all the tools you will need to write better scenes. We go into those tools in depth in the ensuing workshops. Come to any session you’d like. Learn more about the Introduction to Scene Writing Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Intro to Scene Writing $97.00 (USD)  


  • Intro to Scene Writing
    February 27, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, we will go over three-act structure and discuss how it relates to character arc. We will also cover your central dramatic question and the role of stakes in your overall story arc. Learn more about the Structure workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Structure $97.00 (USD)  


  • Structure
    March 6, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, we will go over the different kinds of narrator choices you have when writing a scene, as well as how to properly execute POV for each narrator choice. Learn more about the POV/Narrators workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
POV/Narrators $97.00 (USD)  


  • POV/Narrators
    March 13, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    – Click on the calendar icon to save the date.

In this session, we will go over how to write better internal dialogue (character thoughts) and external dialogue (words your character says aloud). Learn more about the POV/Narrators workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Dialogue & Internal Dialogue $97.00 (USD)  


  • Dialogue & Internal Dialogue
    March 20, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    – Click on the calendar icon to save the date.

In this session, we will examine how to write better setting and examine the role of subtext in scenes. Learn more about the POV/Narrators workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Setting & Subtext $97.00 (USD)  


  • Setting & Subtext
    March 27, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    – Click on the calendar icon to save the date.

In this session, learn to develop your characters and make them feel more real, by focusing on both pre-story character development and ways to develop your characters better during your story.Learn more about the Character Development Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Character Development $97.00 (USD)  


  • Character Development
    April 3, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, we go over ways to write a better narrative, with an emphasis on writing better sentences. Learn more about the Prose Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Prose $97.00 (USD)  


  • Prose
    April 10, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, we will go over how to control pacing, mood, and tone in your scenes. Learn more about the Pacing, Mood, and Tone Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Pacing, Mood, and Tone $97.00 (USD)  


  • Pacing, Mood, and Tone
    April 17, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, you will learn ways to help figure out your writer’s voice, and how to give your characters unique voices. Learn more about the Voice Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Voice $97.00 (USD)  


  • Voice
    May 1, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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In this session, we will go over common mistakes in manuscripts, and learn how to deconstruct a scene from your favorite book. Learn more about the Voice Workshop.

Workshop Leader

  • Nicole Criona
    Nicole Criona is the owner of Los Angeles Writers Group and specializes in helping writers books. She has been running writing workshops since 2003 and has helped more than 30 clients complete drafts of fiction and nonfiction books.

Details Price Qty
Biggest Mistakes $97.00 (USD)  


  • Biggest Mistakes
    May 15, 2019
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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