Basic Info
  • Fiction
  • Novel

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to expand their knowledge of scene and enhance their ability to write more visual and compelling scenes in their novels. The scene is one of the most important components in narrative structure. Using a variety of exercises, we will explore how to use key elements such as color, tradition, food, music, seasons, environment, and more to create powerful and memorable scenes. Participants will complete several scene exercises outside of class, then share their work in class in critique sessions. The workshop welcomes writers at all levels.

Venise Berry


Venise Berry is the author of three national bestselling novels: So Good, An African American Love Story (1996); All of Me, A Voluptuous Tale (2000); and Colored Sugar Water (2002). Berry’s book of essays, Driven: Love, Career and the Pursuit of Happiness, is currently with her agent. Berry’s co-edited anthology, Black Culture & Experience: Contemporary Issues, was published by Peter Lang in 2015. She is also the co-author of two nonfiction film books, The Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema (Scarecrow Press, 2007 & 2015) and The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel, 2001). Berry is an associate professor of Journalism and African American Studies at The University of Iowa. Visit her online at