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Six-layered Classic Scenes

Join Eric Witchey to gain insights into scene development as well as tools that support the freedom to experiment with emotionally powerful reader-based scenes.

Upcoming Date(s)

Tuesday, April 11
3-4:30 PM Pacific Time

Thursday, April 20
6-7:30 PM Pacific Time

Workshops will be following with a 30 minute Q&A with Eric.

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Members $15 | Nonmembers $25

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Have you ever finished a scene and found it needed revisions that seemed eternally just beyond your reach? Do you fully grasp the relationship between setting character emotion? Do the details in a scene feel wrong but hide the reason they feel that way? Reading English is a left-to-right, top-to-bottom process of symbol acquisition and meaning aggregation. Writing can be, but why limit creation and development to such linear thinking? As creators, writers can build reader-immersive dramatic scenes top-down, bottom-up, or element-by-element. In this seminar, award-winning author Eric Witchey will demonstrate several methods for approaching classic dramatic scenes by focusing effort through six lenses: three types of conflict and three types of setting.

By coordinating these six elements to reinforce or contrast against character change in the scene, dogged adherence to left-to-right, top-to-bottom production can be avoided and the reader’s cognitive and emotional responses can be enhanced. If time allows, he will also demonstrate how the six-layers can also lead to powerful experimental dramatic variations on scenes.

This workshop will include six-layer theory, demonstration, and fun hands-on experimentation. Participants will leave with insights into their own scene development as well as tools that support the freedom to experiment with emotionally powerful reader-based scenes.

Based on his background in theoretical linguistics, his experience selling fiction in 12 genres, and knowledge gleaned from creativity science and cognitive science, Eric Witchey has put together a group of practical tools writers can use to enhance, develop, and improve their productivity and results.


This stand-alone workshop will offer participants 2 hrs of focused instruction, and give writers who are interested in the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series an opportunity to meet Eric and experience his teaching style. Eric will answer questions about the Fiction Fluency Seminar Series after the workshop.

About Eric Witchey

Eric Witchey has sold stories under several names and in 12 genres. His tales have been translated into multiple languages, and his credits include over 160 stories, including 5 novels and two collections. He has penned dozens of writing-related articles and essays, has taught over 200 conference seminars, at 2 universities, and at a community college. His work has received recognition from New Century Writers, Writers of the Future, Writer’s Digest, Independent Publisher Book Awards, International Book Awards, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award Program, Short Story America, the Irish Aeon Awards, and other organizations. His How-to articles have appeared in The Writer Magazine, Writer’s Digest Magazine, and other print and online magazines.

Explore Fiction Fluency

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About Fiction Fluency
Curriculum: Fundamentals | Curriculum: Mastery Series
Schedule | Pricing & Registration | Meet Eric Witchey

Fiction Fluency students receive:

  • MFA-level craft instruction without the time/financial commitment of a degree.
  • Direct Access to an Expert Teacher.
  • A community cohort of fellow writers who are committed to their craft.
  • Guided time to write and produce new work.