Making a Scene: Writing Dramatic Action in Fiction

Regular $210.00
Member $189.00
October 26, 2020-December 7, 2020
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Open to All Levels
Online—Live Meeting
Number of Sessions
Day of the Week
6 Week
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When breaking down short stories, we usually find that they are made up of a series of scenes. The best fiction writers use scenes as opportunities to heighten tension and propel the plot forward through dialogue and action. In this class, we’ll closely examine “the scene” as a unit of narrative. We will read short fiction from the likes of Jamel Brinkley, Yiyun Li, Ottessa Moshfegh, and ZZ Packer as well as excerpts from plays by Annie Baker and Clare Barron. Through class discussion, we’ll explore how these authors express various craft elements within scenes. We’ll then use in-class writing time to try out these literary techniques for ourselves. 

Students will bring in an excerpt from a short story to be workshopped once over the course of the class, and they will receive written peer and instructor feedback. At the end of the class, students will turn in one short story, and the teaching artist will suggest steps toward future revision.

There is no class November 23.

Instructions for Accessing This Online Class

In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.

Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.