Building Scene

July 22-23, 2023

Schedule: 9am-noon Sat-Sun

Instructor: Susanna Daniel

Registration Deadline: July 10

Description

Whether you write fiction or creative nonfiction, the scene is your tool for bringing the reader deeply into a character’s experience and making a narrative as vivid as possible. Unlike exposition or summary, scenes are rendered moment by moment, and are most useful for dramatizing a pivotal turn or thread.

On Saturday morning, in a small and casual group, we’ll look at the elements of building a vivid scene and also write scenes that draw from what we’ve uncovered. Saturday afternoon is set aside for individual writing and working with exercises. The group will gather again Sunday morning for additional discussion and workshop. Come prepared to read examples, write new material, and share if you’re willing.

Class size 10

Level Intermediate and above

Student Supply List Something to write with and something to write on.

  • Tuition $200

Instructor

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Susanna Daniel

I'm the cofounder of Madison Writers' Studio, a private workshop for creative writers in Madison, and the author of two novels, Stiltsville and Sea Creatures, with a third on the way. I love working with writers of all levels of experience and skill, and I excel in intimate workshop settings where we deep dive into original work.…Read More

I’m the cofounder of Madison Writers’ Studio, a private workshop for creative writers in Madison, and the author of two novels, Stiltsville and Sea Creatures, with a third on the way. I love working with writers of all levels of experience and skill, and I excel in intimate workshop settings where we deep dive into original work.

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Building Scene

Registration Policies & Waiting Lists

Class Confirmation
You will receive a registration confirmation via email. If you do not have an email address, you will receive a snail-mail confirmation.

Please read your class confirmation carefully as it may include a supply list and other important details, and note our current COVID-19 protocols on our Planning Your Workshop Experience page.

Materials Fees
Many classes have materials fees in addition to the tuition. These are identified in the class listing and are usually paid with the tuition payment, however in some cases materials fees are paid directly to the instructor at class time (check the class listing).

Cancellation Policy
While we recognize that life intrudes and plans change, in consideration of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for classes, we must adhere to the following cancellation policies:

Student cancellations

> Cancellations made 31 days before the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are eligible for a full refund less 25% of the workshop fee OR a gift certificate in the full amount of the workshop fee. The gift certificate can be applied to workshops or lodging one year from the date of cancellation.

> Cancellations made 30 days or less than the published registration deadline date for any given workshop are not eligible for refunds. We encourage all students to purchase trip insurance.

> Cancellation requests must be made by calling our office at (608) 987-3292.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with your class, please refer to our lodging page for the lodging cancellation policy.

Cancellations by Shake Rag Alley

> If Shake Rag Alley must cancel a class you will be notified immediately via email or phone and will receive a full refundĀ or transferable gift certificate.

> If a class does not meet a minimum number of students, it may be cancelled. A decision to cancel a class due to under enrollment will be made on the day following the published registration deadline.

> If you have booked lodging with Shake Rag Alley in conjunction with a class cancelled by Shake Rag Alley, you may receive a full refund on lodging should you wish to cancel the lodging. Please call the office at (608) 987-3292.

Waiting Lists

If a workshop you are interested in is sold out, please fill out this waiting list form. We will contact you if a spot becomes available. The class code requested on the form is the Workshop ID shown at left, beneath the Add to Cart button.