Create compelling action with Paula Morris

In fiction, scenes are shaped by consciousness (the emotional moment) and action (the dramatic moment). Sometimes, in drafts of novels and stories, we can lose sight of one or the other. This module offers close reading of excerpts from published work to explore how to build and sustain rich, vivid scenes.

Module Content

Via close readings of various literary works:

  • Identify what creates rich, vivid scenes.
  • Identify how POV affects description.

By the end of this module, you will understand how to build and sustain rich, vivid scenes in your work of fiction.

Learning Level

This module is part of our BrainFood series and designed for anyone working on prose whether fiction or non-fiction.

Please note that you will be able to access the module for 90 days from the day you sign up.

Filming and editing by Clinton Phillips.

Paula Morris

Paula Morris MNZM (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Manuhiri) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. She teaches creative writing at the University of Auckland, and at schools and in community programmes. Paula is the founder of the Academy of New Zealand Literature and Wharerangi, the new Māori literature hub, and serves on the Mātātuhi Foundation, New Zealand Book Awards Trust, and the Coalition for Books board. She is a former NZSA President of Honour (2020-2021).

Paula Morris author image photo credit Colleen Maria Lenihan

Writing Action Overview

We anticipate the core course will take up to one hour to complete. You will need internet access and writing materials ready (pen/paper or document open).

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