Creative Writing Basics Workshop

Creative Writing Basics: Scene, Summary, Flashback, and Narrative Time

Presented by Brian Malloy

Does an event in your story, novel, or memoir demand a moment-by-moment scene? Or should the event be summarized? How can we transition between scene and summary, and move our characters backward and forward in time? What makes an effective catalyst for a flashback?

We’ll experiment with methods to weave together scene and summary through writing exercises, and practice gracefully integrating flashbacks into our stories through sensory imagery. Perfect for fiction and nonfiction writers who want to learn how to seamlessly move though narrative time.

Bring a laptop or notebook and something to write with for this hands-on, user-friendly, no experience necessary workshop. Participants will also receive a PDF of all workshop material via email for future reference.

This workshop will be presented Virtually in two one-hour sessions on Thursday evenings in September.

Afraid you might miss it? The sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants for 30 days following the event.

Thursday, September 22 and 29, 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom

This workshop is $10 for members of Lake Superior Writers, $20 for non-members
Register below – the deadline is 6pm Tuesday, September 20

Brian Malloy is the author of The Year of Ice (St. Martin’s Press), Brendan Wolf (St. Martin’s Press), and Twelve Long Months (Scholastic). His new novel, After Francesco (Kensington) is an Oprah Magazine “most anticipated” book of 2021, and a featured Publishers Marketplace Buzz Book for 2021. His books have been a New York Times “new and notable title,” a Booklist Editors’ Choice for best of the year, and a Book Sense pick. He has taught creative writing at Emerson College, Minnesota Correctional Facility – Lino Lakes, Quatrefoil Library, Rainbow Health, and the University of Minnesota.  You can learn more about Brian and his writing career on his website,


Member Cost $10

Non-member Cost $20

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.