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In Scene: The Art of Scene Making in Personal Narratives 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Join List For Next Class
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In Scene: The Art of Scene Making in Personal Narratives 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Join List For Next Class

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Begins Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

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Class will meet weekly on Thursdays via Zoom, 6PM - 8PM CST

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Taught by Kat Moore, whose essays have appeared in Image, Brevity, Passages North, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, The Rumpus and others. Kat was a 2021 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference Scholar and her work has been supported by the 2022 Tin House Winter Workshop and a 2017 SAFTA Residency. She also teaches creative nonfiction writing at the University of North Texas.

This workshop will focus on the development of scene within memoir and narrative essay moving beyond the basic tropes of show versus tell. How much is needed to create a scene? How much is imaginative and how much is cold hard fact? What are the benefits to creating a scene as opposed to exposition and narration? How can the images and sensory details of the scene move beyond mere description and deepen the narrative as well as illuminate character?

These questions will be explored throughout the workshop. Each student will have opportunities to workshop a short scene excerpted from a larger work or work in process as well as a workshop of one completed essay or memoir chapter.

All materials will be provided by the instructor. We will read works from Alexander Chee, Jo Ann Beard, Jill Christman, Ryan Van Meter, Brian Broome, Jaquira Díaz and others.

  • Understanding the purpose of a scene.
  • Tools for developing scenes.
  • The knowledge of the importance of scene in engaging the reader.
  • The way a scene can both reveal or obfuscate depending on the content.
  • Skills for writing sensory images and details that bring your work to life.
  • A workshopped essay/memoir excerpt. 


  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work.


"Kat was the most generous, organized, inspiring, and inclusive writing teacher I've had. I've taken a number of classes with Writing Workshops and other companies, and Kat really nailed it-- in her ability to teach the specifics of essaying, her ability to create community, and her ability to make diverse voices feel welcome. I learned so, so much, and felt really inspired. I'm grateful to have been in this class, and would (happily! greedily!) take any class Kat offered." -Kathleen

"Her preparation was outstanding: detailed and informative course outline, thoughtfully-chosen readings, expertly-handled presentations of theory and examples, clear and well-structured formats for discussion, experimentation, and workshopping. She facilitated adroitly, including handling an initial hiccup (involving students' understandings of "experiments" and feedback on them) immediately, generously, and professionally. Her feedback on submitted writing assignments really made me feel that she was taking each work seriously, and also me seriously as a writer. I suspect I can speak for the whole class, here: her comments were brilliant and helped us develop not only our writing but also our ability to give really good and useful feedback.I sincerely hope you offer this or a similar course again. Kat is a wonderful teacher, and I can't recommend the experience strongly enough." -Cate

"Kat Moore is a very skilled workshop leader. This was my first experience of learning about non-linear essays and I feel she helped me move forward in leaps. Her feedback, time management and sweet voices added a lot to create a relaxed learning environment. Her instructions were crystal clear. She left me with a sense of direction for future learning." -Bob


This class meets weekly via Zoom.

You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Kat Moore

  • Class starts June 23rd, 2022

  • Will meet weekly on Thursdays via Zoom: 6PM - 8PM CST

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Instructor Kat Moore has essays in Image, Brevity, Passages North, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, The Rumpus, Entropy, Hippocampus, Whiskey Island, Salt Hill, New South, Hotel Amerika and others. She also has an essay in the anthology Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness and Medicine. She also teaches creative nonfiction writing at the University of North Texas.

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