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"Anatomy of a Scene: Violence: When, Why, and How" ONLINE with Gabino Iglesias

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10/17/2020 From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


$99 for Members
$159 for Non-Members


The submission deadline for this class has passed. Scenes are no longer being accepted for workshop.

Registration is STILL OPEN. You still can attend the workshop section if you did not submit a scene or have your scene choosen.

This class is a part of the Anatomy of a Scene Class Package.

In this class we will study the nature of violence and then frame it within a narrative to understand its role in storytelling from helping with the hook to delivering satisfying endings. We will look at the most common types of violence and their relationship to various genres. We will also work on pacing, choice of words, and economy of language to maximize the impact of our violence.

The Workshop

Every registrant will have the chance to submit a scene for the workshop in the afternoon portion of the class. The instructor will choose 10 submissions to workshop in the afternoon. The class will receive the chosen scenes ahead of time so that everyone is on the same page. Everyone who registers will be allowed to ‘view’ and participate in the workshop, although they might not have their own work critiqued (again, only 10 will be chosen).

Submission Guidelines:
All submissions should be double-spaced, in 12 pt font, Times New Roman, and 3 pages max. Please follow standard margin guidelines and submit as a Word document.



  • You write horror, crime fiction, or you want to include violence in your fiction. 
  • You want to deliver violence in ways that leave a mark on readers. 
  • You wish to learn how to write violence effectively.
  • You have trouble writing scenes that contain violence. 


Gabino Iglesias is a writer, journalist, editor, professor, and book reviewer living in Austin, TX. He is the author of Zero Saints and Coyote Songs and the editor of Both Sides. His work has been nominated to the Bram Stoker and Locus awards and won the Wonderland Book Award for Best Novel in 2019. His novels, short stories, and essays have appeared in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and have been published in five languages, optioned for film, and praised by authors as diverse as Roxane Gay, David Joy, Jerry Stahl, and Meg Gardiner. His reviews appear regularly in places like NPR, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, Criminal Element, Mystery Tribune, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other print and online venues. He has twice been a juror for the Shirley Jackson Awards and has judged the Newfound Prose Prize, the Splatterpunk Awards, and PANK Magazine's Big Book Contest. He teaches creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University's online MFA program and offers a series of low-cost workshops for writers. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.



Online classroom



$99 members (sign in for member pricing)

$159 nonmembers


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

Online registration will close at 5pm on Friday, October 16. 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. If you prefer this option, please email with a copy of the form as well. We are working out of our office at this time. 

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 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 email WLT Program Director Sam Babiak at if you'd like to discuss whether our programming is the right fit for your needs.



Once you register for the class, you'll receive an email with detailed instructions. You should expect 2-2.5 hours of direct teaching and 30 minutes of Q&A (for three hours total). If you need to leave the class early or can't attend the class on that date, all registrants will have access to the recording for the entire month of October. No microphone or camera required, just an Internet connection capable of streaming video. All online classes are hosted on Zoom. To learn more about how Zoom works, click HERE

A couple of days before the class, you will receive an email with login information. Plan to log in to the online platform several hours before the class so that you can update your computer's Flash or any other settings required to access the platform. (Updates usually take only a few minutes, but you don't want to wait until the beginning of class.) Questions? Email us at


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


 This project is supported in part by the Mid-America Arts Alliance. For more information, go to