Online: Zoom

Workshops for Democracy: How to Write Riveting Scenes

Wednesday, October 19th, 10:30am-1:30pm (EST).
Online: Zoom
See Map
Level: For Everyone
Adult (18+)
96 seats max

Workshop for Democracy

This is a Workshop for Democracy, designed by Steve Almond. In order to provide the discounted tuition, Steve will donate 100% of his teaching fee to the organization Black Votes Matter ( in hopes that registrants contribute the balance of their usual tuition to a cause of their choosing. The suggested donation is $50, though registrants are free to contribute more if they wish. Before class, Steve will *briefly* discuss this aspect of the course with participants, emphasizing ways citizens can be actively involved in this vital moment. No specific candidate or political party will be advocated for or endorsed as part of the Workshop for Democracy.

How to Write Riveting Scenes

The key to any unforgettable work of prose resides in the quality of its scenes. In this workshop, well examine some of the best scenes ever written, and investigate what it takes to write a scene that deepens our sense of character and conflict, and escalates the action. Then we’ll work on an exercise to bring the lessons home.

Class Format

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. About 15 minutes before your class is scheduled to begin, you'll receive an email from your instructor with a link to join the class meeting!

  • -


grubstreet Image
Steve Almond
See Bio


  • Lecture
  • In-Class Reading
  • Class Discussion


  • The Novel
  • Short Fiction
  • Book-Length Memoir
  • Personal Essay
  • Nonfiction

Commitment Level



Need a scholarship?

Learn more