Capital City Writers is a professional association for career-focused writers in and around Lansing, Michigan. Meetings are open to the public. This month’s topic is Elemental Magic: Creating Scenes That Have Purpose and Power, presented by writing professor Melissa Ford Lucken who has published more than 55 novels, novellas and short stories as Isabelle Drake. Scenes are the building blocks of story, the chunks of action where the story unfolds. Each one contains a goal and conflict. Each delivers an outcome. Sound simple? It is. Then why can they so tricky to write? And a tangle to revise? The goal of this session is to demystify scene structure, offer the “rules” and then consider when and how to break those rules. *Bring one of your scenes in progress to make the most of the hands-on portion.
Writing professor Melissa Ford Lucken writes as Isabelle Drake. She regularly presents on author branding and strategic, online self-promotion. She has published more than fifty-five novels, novellas, and short stories. She has also published academic work and is a faculty chair at Lansing Community College. Her academic areas of interest include composition and curriculum development.