Writing Action Scenes

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908 Galveston Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

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This workshop, taught by Samantha L. Barrett, will focus on how to write clear and compelling action in fiction. We’ll take a look at different types of action, from a character walking across a room to driving in a car to defending themselves in an epic fight scene, and discuss how to handle different scenarios. We’ll discuss how to make slow action build toward more exciting action, and how to write the exciting stuff without getting bogged down in details. By the end, you will have a better understanding of what separates action from other aspects of writing, as well as how to write the different types of it in your own work.

Girls Write Pittsburgh is a local organization dedicated to inspiring youth to find their voices through writing. This pop-up workshop is free and open to all non-binary and girl-identifying teens between the ages of 13 to 18.



ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Samantha L. Barrett received her BA from the University of Pittsburgh and her MFA from Carlow University. Her work has appeared in 365 Tomorrows, GeekSmash.com, and The Chaffey Review; been anthologized in Voices from the Attic, 10/ten, and Cities of Dust, Planes of Light; and performed by Carlow University Theatre. Her collection of short stories, The Bus to Adventure City, is forthcoming from Air & Nothingness Press. Samantha has also written and produced murder mystery dinner parties for almost ten years. She has been an instructor for the Madwomen in the Attic fiction workshops and is a workshop co-facilitator for Girls Write Pittsburgh. She has guest-lectured and served on MFA defense committees at Carlow University. She has also served as a judge in the writing competition for the Pennwriters Annual Conference. Samantha is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Carlow University. She lives in Pittsburgh and writes about the city as often as possible.

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