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Hardcover Make a Scenes Dirt Cheap

In General on May 13, 2009 at 4:09 pm

J.Rosenfeld_makescene_coverI have never been good at taking compliments. Fortunately in the world of writing there’s so much rejection that the compliments are few and far between. I take those when they come because they’re precious–they’re drops of water in a dry wasteland. Since Make a Scene was first published in November of 2007, I have received some of the kindest words from writers who have read it. From newbies to established writers, I’ve gotten some really cool thanks for compiling the information on scenes in a way that brings it home. It’s been so gratifying (and a relief, too) that those words I scribbled furiously at my lonely desk managed to make sense and help writers. I am humbled beyond belief.

Now, Make a Scene has just gone into its second printing!

So if you still haven’t gotten a copy, I have a deal for you, as a kind of thank you. You can purchase the hardcover edition of Make a Scene–a beautifully designed book with a jacket, which makes as nice a gift as it does an essential part of your writing library–for just $9.99 plus $1.00 shipping. The regular cover price is $19.99! Such a deal.

To order your copy, please email me: jordansmuse(at)gmail(dot)com.

Learn Fiction’s Magic Ingredient–Online Class

In General on May 12, 2009 at 2:54 am

What are you doing this summer? Ready to give your creative writing a boost? In this low-commitment, fun online class, writer/editor Jordan E. Rosenfeld, author of Make a Scene (Writer’s Digest Books) will teach the single most important element of good fiction: the scene. You’ll learn how to write scenes with confidence and skill and take your writing to a whole new level. You might just impress yourself!

 Begins July 6th. Four weeks. In this class you’ll learn how scenes allow you to:

  • Make your writing active and alive
  • Create a powerful emotional punch
  • Build meaningful characters
  • Create an easy to follow “map” for your plot

Each week you will:

  • Write new scenes
  • Apply what you’ve learned to a work in progress
  • Receive feedback
  • Interact with classmates via a yahoo groups message board
  • Each participant may also submit 20 pages of an existing work-in-progress to instructor

    Register between now and June 15th for the incredibly discounted rate of $99. After June 15th, the price goes up to $149.  Space is limited. Participants will also receive a 50% discount on copies of Make a Scene purchased through the author.

    To register, email: jordansmuse (at) gmail (dot) com.

    On the Radio

    In General on May 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Today I drove up to San Francisco, leaving my infant son more than an hour’s drive behind me at his babysitter’s house.  I was on my way to record a book review/commentary for KQED Radio’s the California Report. I’ve done a number of these reviews for them in the past few years, but the last one was well over a year ago (Beth Lisick’s hysterical book, Helping Me Help Myself), when I was approximately 6 months pregnant.

    I got there early and so stopped over at the nearest cafe, where I did not order myself a coffee as I would have done were I not nursing still, but a soda and a sandwich (for after–I’m always ravenous when I record reviews, it’s weird!). I pulled out another book I’ll be reviewing for Publisher’s Weekly and sipped and scanned pages for fifteen minutes, feeling luxuriously like my old self–sort of. Even though there were no little fingers tugging on my leg, my former self wouldn’t have thought things like: what if a terrible accident on the road keeps me from getting back to my son? Is that a breastmilk stain on this blouse? Can these people tell that I’m a mother?  And of course, as I pawed through my bag looking for my review to go over it one more time, two diapers, a never-used binky that serves as a toy and one baby sock all reminded me of the duality of my life. I am writer and mother. Seemingly separate roles that nonetheless blend together.

    Anyway, it was fun to record a review. The book is Either You’re In, or You’re In the Way, by Logan and Noah Miller–twin brothers that I went to high school with. The book is a phenomenal chronicle of their journey to make an independent film based on their complex relationship with their alcoholic father, who died in jail in 2006. It was also a fabulous way to sort of get to know two guys I had never really talked to in high school. Reading it reminded me so much of those years, even though that’s not what the book is about. Still, they describe places in Marin county I know so well, and people I would still recognize if I saw them today.

    To listen to the review, you may either:

    Tune in live on Friday May 15th. 88.5 FM. 4pm and 6pm. The review usually comes somewhere in the middle of the show.

    Stream live at

    Or listen to the archives, which are usually up a day later, also at, click the link “Archives.”