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  • Seminar
  • Online: Zoom
  • Adult (18+)

Workshops for Democracy: How to Write Riveting Scenes

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  • $25.00 Non-Member
  • $25.00 Member

Class Description

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!

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.

This class will take place using Zoom videoconferencing. Please visit the Resources tab to access the video-conference link.

Zoom Participation:

Students are not required to turn their camera on, but are encouraged to participate any way they feel comfortable through functions such as the live chat, emoji reactions, and unmuting the microphone. Learn more about using Zoom here.

Zoom Accessibility:

We ask that instructors enable closed captioning and send a transcript of the session after class. You can also enable closed captioning at any time during the meeting. If your instructor forgets to send the transcript, just send ’em an email!