Get Fresh in ’15 Presents…

Session Spotlight: Working with Scene Cards

On Saturday 22nd of August at 9:30am as part of the Emerging/Established stream, Ebony McKenna explores the use of scene cards in plotting, writing and revising manuscripts. “Scene cards are practical and powerful tool to keep track of the many emotional twists and turns of your romance novel”. In this hands-on, practical session delegates will have the chance to work with scene cards and experience how they can improve the writing experience.


Your Presenter – Ebony McKenna

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As a teenager, Ebony lived and worked in her family’s restaurant, which provided much of the inspiration for the Ondine novels. Ebony waitressed, prepared food – and yep – washed dishes. So many dishes.

In the 1990s she worked as an award winning journalist with many leading Melbourne newspapers. By day she wrote other people’s stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures. Now she writes novels for a living.

Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son.


Tell us about yourself in 10 words or less.

“She’s the one who loves ferrets. And snow goats.”

What prompted you to put together this workshop for Get Fresh in 15 conference?

When a technique works for me, I can’t wait to share it with other writers to see if it can help them too. I use scene cards all the time when plotting, writing and revising. They help me keep The Big Picture in mind, while simultaneously helping me focus on the finer detail. When I have all the cards on the table, I can see straight away where the story is bloated or where it needs nourishment.

What is the best part/aspect of conference for you? 

I love catching up with friends, discovering new writers, having way too much fun and fillin’ my noggin with new learnin’. Even when I think I’m familiar with a topic, there’s always something new that resonates with me.

What will participants take away from this session? 

Scene cards are practical and powerful tool to keep track of the many emotional twists and turns of your romance novel. Whether you’re a pantser or a plotter, or somewhere in between, you’ll have a fix on when your character needs to be active, reactive and reflective. You’ll develop the tools to recognise what isn’t working and – super bonus – you’ll have the tools to fix it.

Will there be hands-on exercises or audience participation?

You bet. It will be a scribble-fest and the ideas will flow. We’ll be making scene cards, shuffling them about and creating a ‘mad-lib’ novel. We may end up on the floor, lost in a sea of scenes.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at the 2015 Get Fresh conference in Melbourne?

I’m so happy the conference is in my home town, I’m looking forward to taking walks through the city and the parks for inspiration; then noshing on curry pies and coffee for my health.

What is your upcoming book release and where can members find out more about you? 

The Spring Revolution is the fourth and final book in the Ondine series. It’s coming out in time for the Eurovision Song Contest, in May.

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