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with Steve Almond
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Good Words With Steve Almond

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Class Overview

Join bestselling author Steve Almond in a creative writing series that mimics the vibrant, communal feel of a workshop with innovative craft topics. In each episode, Steve teaches a craft lesson and also workshops one participant’s work on the spot. You’ll learn practical skills to start, fix or transform your work and get inspired along the way.


  • beginner
  • 6 episodes
  • 1h59m

Included in this Class

1. Obsession

1. Obsession

Meet Steve and get started by burrowing into your passions. Find out how to give your character a proper obsession to create a more compelling story. Then try a writing prompt to get your juices flowing.

2. The Crush

2. The Crush

Discover how giving your character a proper crush can elevate your work. Learn about great literature that's centered on a real crush, and discover the importance of desire and doubt. Try a writing prompt to uncover your character's crush, and learn how to write a compelling crush when Steve Almond critiques his students' work.

3. Show vs. Tell

3. Show vs. Tell

Steve busts apart the myth of "show, don't tell." Find out when you should show, and how to tell, and learn how to create the right balance between the two. Learn how to tell readers just enough so they feel what they're being shown. Try a writing prompt, and watch Steve critique exercises to discover how to balance showing and telling.