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"Crafting Scenes That Go BAM Instead of Blah Blah Blah" with Lindsey Lane

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St. Edward's University
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

3/30/2019 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM


$49 for members (sign in for member pricing)

Cut away the flab in a scene so that it pulses and moves.

How many of us have heard these criticisms and questions: “Too much telling.” Or “This section feels flat. Can you put it in scene?” Or “I don’t know what this scene is about.” This class will help you sharpen your scene writing so it doesn’t get bogged down in telling, non-essential description and too much connective tissue.

Scenes are where the story happens. If they aren’t revealing character or advancing the action, your reader is likely to go to the kitchen and make a cheese sandwich. How do we make the reader carry the book into the kitchen, grab a bag of chips and keep reading because they don’t want to put it down?

Participants will learn effective use of dialogue; cutting a scene short to increase intrigue; finding the intent of a scene and writing to it; and using character and setting effectively in scene. We will examine and discuss the scenes in published work as well as those of the class participants. If you would like to workshop a scene, please send it to Program Director Michael Noll ( by March 27.



  • You want to write sharp, focused scenes that propel the story forward.
  • You want to cut everything that doesn't serve your scene and story.



  • "The class provided renewed enthusiasm for my writing."
  • "Lindsey was knowledgeable, open, friendly, included each student in activities, and challenged us."
  • "I have a much better idea where my book needs to begin and how to go back and add in the history leading up to the beginning."



Lindsey Lane is an award-winning playwright and children’s and young adult author. She earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel Evidence Of Things Not Seen is a “unique, powerful novel,” said Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo and the Real World. Publishers Weekly said that it “offers a gripping and genre-bending mosaic.” Lindsey is also the author of the award-winning picture book and iTunes app Snuggle Mountain, illustrations by Melissa Iwai, which was named Best Children’s Book of 2004 by Bank Street College of Education.



St. Edward's University, 3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704. You can find a St. Edward's University campus map here.



$49 members (sign in for member pricing)

$109 nonmembers


Before purchasing, please read all policies as noted below and on our Classes page.

Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, March 28. After that you can pay admission at the door with a check for the walk up rate - $59 for members and $119 for nonmembers - as long as seats are available. If your browser has difficulty with our website store, or if you prefer to mail in a check, click here for a class registration form. The document provides instructions on where to mail it.

Once a purchase has been made, tickets are not refundable and registration cannot be transferred to a different class or event. No exceptions will be made. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster.



Our classes offer a combination of lecture and practical exercises, determined by the individual instructor, on focused aspects of the craft and business of writing. Your fellow participants will come from a range of writing experience, from beginners to people with MFA degrees and published books. WLT instructors, participants, and administrators all work together to create a welcoming, supportive environment.

If you haven't taken a class with us in recent years, feel free to give us a call at 512-499-8914 if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Visit Austin at


Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit



The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit