Descriptive Writing: Crafting Vivid, Immersive Scenes staff pick badge

Kathy Fish, Writer & Teacher

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10 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:55
    • 2. The Project

      1:11
    • 3. Ways We Get Description Wrong

      4:46
    • 4. Description Done Right

      3:08
    • 5. Exercise #1: Inserting Sensory Detail

      4:33
    • 6. Vivid Description vs. Flat Description

      4:41
    • 7. Exercise #2: Inserting the Unexpected Detail

      5:12
    • 8. Exercise #3: Interrogating Your Descriptive Word Choices

      2:48
    • 9. Revising Your Scene or Very Short Story

      2:53
    • 10. Recap: What Have We Learned?

      2:24
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Project Description

Class Project: Write a vividly described scene or very short story.

You’ll use the techniques from this class to tackle the following components:

  1. Examining and discussing examples of excellent descriptions in published works.
  2. Drafting 2 simple scenes by inserting sensory and unexpected details.
  3. Interrogating word choices to spot cliches and well-worn descriptions.
  4. Cutting and revising early drafts toward creating more precise, effective, original descriptions.