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Craft Show and Tell: an Interactive Workshop with Shannon Donnelly

Learn how "show, don't tell" really works

  1. shannon donnelly
    New this year at SavvyAuthors!:
    • New!!
    Level:
    Mixed
    Category:
    • Characters
    • Description/Setting
    • Editing
    • Dialog
    • POV
    Both showing and telling are valuable tools for any writer--writers need both narrative passages as well as dramatic scenes, so each has its own place within any writer's skill set. In this workshop, we'll use writing examples to figure out the truth hidden in the advice to "show, don't tell." Learn how "show, don't tell" really means "show more with dramatic scenes, and tell only when you need to move the story along."

    The "showing" part of the workshop blends a set of exercises to strengthen an understanding of what makes a scene come to life by using more vivid descriptions to reveal characters--their thoughts and emotions--by showing them in action and using deep POV.

    The "telling" part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and techniques to help strengthen narrative and identify when it's time to "tell" your story to the reader to compress information, smooth transitions, or otherwise better establish settings and scenes for the reader.
    Syllabus:
    Topics we'll cover:

    1) Definitions -- what is showing, what is telling
    2) Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice
    3) Breaking it down part 1: Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes
    4) Breaking it down part 2: Better Narrative (so a reader doesn't skip this)
    5) Going Deeper in Viewpoint to Better Show a Character's Inner World
    6) Transitions & Word Count--Where Telling Really Helps
    7) Showing and Telling--Mixing it up Again
    Pat Garcia and Jo Hughes like this.

Recent Reviews

  1. Pat Garcia
    Pat Garcia
    4/5,
    I find the information given excellent but what I missed was the meeting times for the class. As a new person to your site, who is taking her first course, I wanted to know the times for the interactive exchange. I am still in the dark about that.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G