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Dazzle the Reader: Why “Show, Don’t Tell” is a Crock

“Show, don’t tell” is a well-worn cornerstone of creative writing workshops, a slogan cited like scripture. It also might be the single most destructive piece of advice aspiring writers ever receive. In this freewheeling session, participants will look at concrete examples of how the “show, don’t tell” mantra often wreaks havoc on writers’ storytelling by creating confusion, sapping their prose of suspense, and causing them to write disjointed scenes. In short, how “show, don’t tell” leaves readers bewildered rather than dazzled. The workshop will offer a much more useful creed: Tell the reader just enough to feel what they’re being shown. Participants will also complete writing exercises in class to bring the lessons home.

Instructor: Steve Almond

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 10/08/2018

Days of the Week: Monday

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 16

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Steve Almond

Steve Almond spent seven years as a newspaper reporter in Texas and Florida before writing his first book, the story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. His non-fiction book, Candyfreak, was a New York Times Bestseller. His short fiction has been included in The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and his most recent collection, God Bless America, won the Paterson Prize for Fiction. Almond writes commentary and journalism regularly for The New York Times Magazine and The Boston Globe. A former sports reporter and play-by-play man, Almond lives outside Boston with his wife and three children.

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