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“Whether you’re working on a novel or shorter fiction, the Three D’s are essential,” says instructor Lisa Moore Ramée. “This class will give you tips on how to create descriptions of a world and the characters in it, dialogue that rings true, and dramatic scenes with gripping conflict. These elements will make your story come to life!”

In this three-week class, you’ll build a story up from the basics using the Three D’s to fashion fully imagined, engaging worlds your readers can live in. You’ll have an opportunity to flesh out a story or character you’ve already envisioned or experiment with brand-new story ideas or set-ups. Through in-class writing prompts, voluntary writing exercises at home, and reading samples from popular books, you’ll learn: 

  • How to examine whether your characters and settings are fully formed 
  • How to use dialogue to build character and advance the plot in a believable fashion 
  • How to test whether your drama has enough stakes to engage your reader 

“By the end of the class, you will have created at least one scene that integrates the three D’s,” says Lisa. “Applying and combining these story elements will allow you to move confidently forward with your fiction writing aspirations.”  


About The Writing Salon's Online Zoom Classes

You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@writingsalons.com.



    Lisa Moore Ramée still calls Los Angeles home even though she now lives in the Bay Area. She counts coffee as one of her best friends and is a devout believer in dreams coming true. Her debut novel, A Good Kind of Trouble, is a Walter Dean Meyers Honor book and an Indie bestseller. She is also the author of Something to Say and MapMaker. Her books have received multiple starred reviews. Visit her website at lisamooreramee.com.

  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, June 03, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, June 10, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Monday, June 17, 6:30pm-9:00pm
  • Lisa's teaching style is great. She wanted the class to respond to students' goals and she was flexible in making time to answer our (many) questions! She is so encouraging, and she corrected me if I said something like "I could never be at X author's level." I took SO many notes throughout the class.

    Sarah G.


Tue, June 4 @ 1:30 am PDT
Tue, June 18 @ 4:00 am PDT
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Lisa Moore Ramée


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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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