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"How to Write a Scene" with Michael Noll

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

1/31/2015 From 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration for this workshop is now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door as long as seats remain available, and walk-up rates will apply. Please see our Classes page for more details.


$99 for members (please log in for member pricing)

$159 for nonmembers

A story has two basic units: the sentence and the scene. Most of us learned how to write sentences beginning in kindergarten, and so even if our sentences aren't great, we know what they are and how to approach crafting them. But we often lack this same knowledge for scenes: What are they? How do they start? Where do they end? How do we get from start to end? Without this information—without, in other words, scenes—our stories become just one thing after another, minute-to-minute accounts of the character's actions.

In this class, we will study scenes from a variety of stories: literary and genre novels, short stories, and creative nonfiction. We will identify structures and strategies used by those writers and put them to use in our own work.

About the instructor:

Michael Noll teaches writing at Texas State University and edits Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His work has been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Narrative Magazine, Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project. He was formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX. He’s currently at work on a story collection set in rural Kansas and a novel, Seven Attacks of the Dead.

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