Workshops for Democracy: How to Write Riveting Scenes
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 (blackvotesmatter.org) 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, we’ll 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.
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!
- In-Class Reading
- Class Discussion
- The Novel
- Short Fiction
- Book-Length Memoir
- Personal Essay