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Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time Paperback – November 23, 2007

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ISBN-13: 978-1582974798 ISBN-10: 1582974799

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In Make a Scene, Jordan E. Rosenfeld magnifies with intelligence and insight the underpinnings of powerful story making. Demonstrating in a step-by-step manner why a scene works, Rosenfeld shows how fiction writers can apply this knowledge to their own work. The astonishing depth and breadth of this guidebook, which utilizes a wide range of narrative styles to underscore a point, make it a vital tool for writers serious about their craft. -- --Jessica Keener, fiction editor of AGNI Magazine

Make a Scene is one of the clearest, most pragmatic books about writing fiction I have ever come across. Refreshingly lacking in ego and full of useful examples and discussion. -- --Maryanne Stahl, author of The Opposite Shore and Forgive the Moon

Make a Scene will answer all the questions you might ask--and some you won't think of asking--on the scene. In clear and concise language, using innumerable examples from James Joyce's "The Dead" through Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer and on to Harry Potter, with explanations of terms from "the reveal" to the epiphany, Jordan Rosenfeld explores all the secrets of the scene. For the beginning writer, as well as one who thinks he/she knows it all. -- --Sheila Kohler, award-winning author of Cracks, Crossways, and Bluebird: Or the Invention of Happiness

About the Author

Jordan E. Rosenfeld ( is the creator and host of the literary radio program Word by Word: Conversations with Writers on NPR-affiliate KRCB radio. Her essays and stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Night Train, Pedastal Magazine, the Summerset Review, the Red Hills Review, and the Dickens Literary Journal. Her articles and essays have appeared in such notable publications as Writer's Digest, The Writer, The St. Petersburg Times, and she contributes book reviews to KQED Radio's California Report.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (November 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582974799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582974798
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jordan E. Rosenfeld is author of the novels Night Oracle, (romantic suspense), Forged in Grace (psychological suspense), and the writing guides: A Writer's Guide to Persistence, Make A Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time (both from Writer's Digest Books) and Write Free! Attracting the Creative Life, with Rebecca Lawton (BeijaFlor Books). She is Associate Editor at Sweatpants & Jordan's essays and articles have appeared in AlterNet, Bustle, DAME, The New York Times, Ozy, Publisher's Weekly, Purple Clover, The Rumpus, The San Francisco Chronicle, The St. Petersburg Times, The Washington Post, The Writer, Writer's Digest magazine, xoJane and more. Her book commentaries have appeared on The California Report, a news-magazine produced by NPR-affiliate KQED radio.

Look for her forthcoming book with Martha Alderson "The Plot Whisperer", Writing Deep Scenes: Plot Your Story Scene by Scene through Action, Emotion and Theme.

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