Class: Sorry, But Your Scenecraft Is Sinking

Instructor: Henry Lien

Next class date: Saturday, May 22, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM Pacific Time.

Many prose writers neglect scenecraft because they don’t even know what it is. Scenecraft includes elements such as blocking, visual tableaux, power dynamics, use of negative space, and strategic deletions of sight, sound, ability, or knowledge. Some of the most unforgettable scenes in all of art, e.g., the pain box scene in Dune, draw their power from their scenecraft. This workshop uses examples from various mediums, including painting, film/tv, and games. Students will leave the workshop with a practical list of tools to make their scenecraft more memorable. This workshop is taught by an experienced international art dealer.


Classes are taught online and require a reliable Internet connection, although in the past participants have logged on from coffee shops, cafes, and even an airplane; a webcam is suggested but not required.

Cost is $99 ($79 for Patreon supporters and former students, which includes classes/workshops with me in other venues, such as conference or convention workshops and mentoring sessions).

To register for this class, send an email with the following details:

  • Which class or classes and the dates you are registering for.
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  • If you’re a new student, please let me know how you found out about the classes!

You will be invoiced when the class slot is reserved.

Free scholarships: If you cannot afford a class but really want to take one, apply for a Plunkett Scholarship. Each class has three slots reserved for such students, and the sole criteria is only that you can’t currently afford the class. To apply for a Plunkett, which covers the entire cost, mail me and tell me why you want to take the class in 100 words or less. QUILTBAG and PoC candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The Plunkett Scholarships are named for Edward Plunkett, who wrote as Lord Dunsany. Scholarships are given out on a rolling basis; I suggest getting them in sooner rather than later. You may apply for multiple classes.

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