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"Writing Vivid Scenes" ONLINE with Jessica Wilbanks

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Online Class

4/1/2020 From 06:30 PM CST to 09:30 PM CST

$49 for Members
$109 for Non-Members

All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.

Want your readers to lose themselves in your writing?

When it comes to engaging a reader, vivid scenes are a writer's secret weapon. Powerful scenes allow a reader to fully enter into the narrative, rather than just receive information secondhand. In this interactive workshop, we’ll complete generative exercises designed to identify and capture scenes that have the potential to surprise your reader and convey the essence of your story. During the class, you'll learn how to write vivid scenes that are firmly grounded in the sensory world and integrally connected to the larger themes of your story. You'll also have a chance to revise a scene from your own work-in-progress.



  • You often default to "telling"--that is, writing in summary as opposed to scene.
  • You struggle to come up with the scenes that will help you tell your story.
  • You'd like to make your scenes more powerful, dynamic, and surprising.


  • "The well-organized slides led me to a much better understanding of both the intent and process of memoir."
  • "The ideas of inner story and outer story and scene, summary, reflection, and dialogue were super helpful to me."
  • "The writing prompts were probably my favorite. It reminded me that I should use them more in my writing."


Jessica Wilbanks is the author of When I Spoke in Tongues, a memoir about faith and its loss. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative nonfiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was selected as a finalist for the PEN annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served as nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast.






$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 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 1. 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