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Sunday, September 28 • 14:00 - 16:00
The Lie of "Show Don't Tell."

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Show, don’t tell. Sounds like great advice…but what does it mean? Often writers are told what not to do. Don’t tell the readers how to feel. Don’t tell the readers what to think. But even when they are told what to do, such as be more descriptive and concrete in imagery, the rewrite often falls flat. That’s because the advice to show, don’t tell has an inherent contradiction built into it. Showing can be sterile but readers want a rich experience. This how-to presentation will reveal how the core contradiction of show, don’t tell interferes with creating emotionally engaging scenes. It will provide specific techniques for how to write successful, rich scenes to captivate your readers. With a little practice, you may never hear those three little words again.


Jennifer L. Carson

Jennifer L. Carson wrote her first story before she read her first novel. Her passion for writing led to a career in editing that started in high school. After getting a degree in creative writing from UC Davis and certified as a copyeditor by UC Berkeley, Jennifer embarked on a career... Read More →

Sunday September 28, 2014 14:00 - 16:00 PDT
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