Art Taylor will talk on scene building, from 1-3pm, virtually on Zoom. Zoom links are sent to subscribers.

Art Taylor

“Show, Don’t Tell” is a common mantra in creative writing workshops—but perhaps an oversimplification of what should be a more nuanced approach to crafting successful fiction. In this session, we’ll discuss the five potential elements of scene-building (including “telling”!), discuss direct and indirect presentation of character, and consider how the scene serves as a building block of the larger structure of a story.

Art Taylor is an associate professor of English and creative writing at George Mason University. His most recent book is The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74 and Other Tales of Suspense. His fiction has won the Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Macavity Awards. Find out more at