June 2012 (4 weeks June 1st thru 29th)
Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop
Instructor: Shannon Donnelly
“Show, don’t Tell” is a cliché that has almost lost its meaning. But 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 this tired phrase. And how “show, don’t tell” really means “show more with dramatic scenes, and tell only when you need to move the story along”.
The “telling” part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and techniques to help improve narrative in your fiction, 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.
The “showing” part 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.
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: These are not Absolutes
8.) Write to Your Strengths: When to Show, When to Tell
Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, the Laurel Wreath, the Winter Rose, the Bookseller’s Best, and multiple finalists in the Holt Medallion, the Colorado ACE, the Golden Quill, and others. Her work has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”
Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on Kindle, Nook and at Smashwords. She has had novellas published in several anthologies, has had young adult horror stories published and is the author of several computer games. And she can be found online at sd-writer.com and facebook.com/sdwriter.