September: Writing Compelling Scenes

Category: Miscellaneous

Instructor: Shirley Jump

September 3-28, 2012: Fee:  $30


Are your scenes blah instead of blockbuster? Do they lag in the middle, or fall flat at the end? In this month-long intensive online class, you'll learn how to:

Beef up your scenes

Add more conflict

Use every scene to raise the stakes

Strengthen characterization

Show instead of tell for maximum bang

Work with hooks to keep readers turning the pages

Tighten your pacing

Create scenes that are unforgettable and powerful

In this interactive class, you'll learn how to edit your own scenes and take them from okay to amazing. In-depth analysis of scenes that work will be part of the class, as will revision of students' current work. Class will also offer hands-on critiques from the instructor, New York Times bestselling author Shirley Jump.

SHIRLEY JUMP: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shirley Jump has over forty books in print. She spends her days writing women's fiction and romantic comedies to feed her shoe addiction and avoid cleaning the toilets. As AJ Whitten (, she also writes horror young adult novels for Houghton Mifflin's Graphia imprint with her daughter. Visit her website at or read recipes and life adventures at

Start Date:  Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Cost: 30(USD)
Topics: 6