Descriptive Writing: An Introduction

with Jaye Viner

Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Novel, Short Story, Essay


Intermediate, Introductory

2 Sessions

Start Date: April 27, 2024
End Date: May 4, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10pm - 3:10pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
Member Price: $136.80
General Price: $152.00

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Is it a cloudy day or a day brooding with imagined insult, waiting for one more wrong word before it explodes? What does it really mean to show versus tell? Are there times when telling is actually a good thing? In this class, students will study and discuss different approaches to descriptive language through craft lectures and generative writing prompts. They will leave with the tools to make informed choices about the role of description in their prose writing.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing
Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner

Jaye Viner lives with a tall human and two fur bombs. She knows just enough about a variety of things to embarrass herself at parties she never attends. Her novel, Jane of Battery Park, is available from Red Hen Press.

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