Understanding Scene Types: Enrich your Plot at the Scene Level

Understanding Scene Types: Enrich your Plot at the Scene Level

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Plots are built scene-by-scene, where all the great drama, conflict, and magic of a story unfolds beat by beat. However, it can be easy to fall into the same kind of rhythm with every scene you write, but different kinds of scenes have different demands. You wouldn’t want a quiet contemplative scene at the climax of your story, for example, or a fast-paced action scene at a moment of reflection.


In this live webinar, Jordan Rosenfeld brings her experience as an author of six books on the craft of writing, and three novels, to show you how to take a high-level overview of 15 scene types and then dive deep into the most versatile ones, such as first scenes, suspense scenes, contemplative scenes, and crisis scenes, among others. We’ll also explore the requirements for deepening your scenes and enriching your plot.


  • An overview of scenes, their ingredients, and design
  • Three key layers to ALL scenes
  • How scene and plot are connected
  • Key energetic markers of plot and their connection to character arc
  • An overview of 15 scene types
  • A deep dive into key scene types most versatile to your plot
  • What types of scenes are most relevant at key plot junctures
  • How scene types can help demonstrate a strong character arc


  • Fiction writers (novels, novellas, and short stories)
  • Writers who want to write engaging, vivid scenes
  • Writers who want scenes to feel layered, rich, and complex
  • Writers who struggle with the “show/tell balance”
  • Writers who struggle with plot planning
  • Writers who get stuck at certain plot junctures
  • Writers who want to write a gripping plot
  • Writers who want to develop a strong character arc
  • Writers with an existing project OR starting a new one


Jordan Rosenfeld is the author of the forthcoming novel Fallout (Running Wild Press), as well as the novels of the novels Women in Red and Forged in Grace and six books on the craft of writing, most recently How to Write a Page-Turner, the bestselling Make a Scene, Writing the Intimate Character, A Writer’s Guide to Persistence, Writing Deep Scenes and Write Free. Her freelance articles and essays have been published in hundreds of publications, including: The AtlanticThe New York TimesScientific AmericanWriter’s Digest MagazineThe Washington Post, and many more. She is also a freelance manuscript editor, writing coach and teaches online classes. Jordanrosenfeld.net and jordanwritelife@gmail.com.

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