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Show, Don’t Tell: The Art of Description

Good literary description does not merely set a scene: it can build tension, create a mood, evoke emotion, move the plot forward, or reveal character. We will engage with prose by a few of the descriptive masters (including J. K. Rowling, Toni Morrison, and Kurt Vonnegut), and, through writing exercises, we will practice our own descriptive powers. From faces to places, we’ll write self-portraits, “sketch” our surroundings, and learn when to zoom in or back away.

Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through the end of 2020.

All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Instructor: Emma Törzs

Class Type: 1 Session

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Start Date: 07/23/2016

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Emma Törzs

Emma Törzs is based in Minneapolis. She is the recipient of a 2015 O. Henry award, and her stories have appeared in journals such as Ploughshares, the Threepenny Review, Narrative, the Cincinnati Review, and Salt Hill, among others.

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