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Writing Through the Lens: Think Like a Photographer to Craft Compelling Scenes

November 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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Struggling with writing scenes or recreating lost memories? Thinking like a photographer can help.

Images can be a remarkable tool for creative nonfiction writers. Photographers use vivid prose to describe their work, and the techniques they use to create inspired, memorable photos can have the same effect on your writing.

As memoirists, we choose what events and moments belong in our work. Photographers make similar decisions when composing images, and the elements that make a picture memorable and meaningful are often the result of choices that the casual observer doesn’t even realize the person behind the camera is making. Whether you’re writing memoir or creative nonfiction, photographs can be a powerful tool to help you not only tap into what is happening but also show the reader why these scenes are taking place.

In this seminar, we will examine samples of memoir and essays that draw upon photographs to deepen scene and character, and you will learn how to use these practical techniques in your own storytelling. Registrants will receive a handout with prompts and actionable tips.

In this webinar, you will:

  • LEARN to read photographs in order to better understand the composition of scenes
  • DRAW inspiration from two-dimensional images to “frame” your own scenes
  • CREATE compelling prose that draws your reader into your story

This webinar is ideal for:

This webinar is for creative nonfiction writers who are struggling to make old memories or family tales come to life.

Closed captioning is available. ✔
All registrants receive the recording. ✔


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GRACE HWANG LYNCH is a storyteller in journalism, essays, and photography. Her work can be found on outlets including Tin House, Catapult, and NPR. The anthologies Lavandería: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word (Sunbelt Publications); Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting (Sunbelt Publications); and Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World (Woodhall Press) have included her work. She is currently writing a memoir. Website:

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November 8, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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Grace Hwang Lynch
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