How do you ensure that a scene in your story earns its keep from one scene to the next? How does what happens in a scene create emotional and physical consequence? What do we even mean by “consequence”? To help us answer these questions, we talk to Sandra Scolfield, author of one of my favorite craft books: The Scene Book. (For more of my favorites, check out our Bookshop page: https://bookshop.org/shop/the7amnovelist)
Sandra Scofield is a native Texan who has spent the last forty years in Oregon and Montana. Since 2006 she has been on the faculty of the Solstice MFA low residency program at Lasell University. She has also taught at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival since 1993. She is the author of seven novels, a memoir, a book of essays about family, a book of stories, and two craft books for writers. Her work has been warmly praised; she was a finalist for the National Book Award, among other honors.