Sally Dawidoff: Showing vs.Telling, or How to Grab a Reader by the Throat

Saturday Oct. 12th, 10 am to 4 pm
$95 members/$110 others     Berkeley

“‘Show, don’t tell’ has become a writing-workshop cliché,” says Sally Dawidoff, “but it’s both meaningful and useful.

“In this workshop, we’ll explore showing vs. telling, using as our point of departure the advice about writing that Anton Chekhov is said to have given his brother: ‘Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.’”

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Show a Lot, Tell a Little – Creative writing in a nutshell!

Saturday, Oct. 16th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. San Francisco
$95 members/$110 non-members

Attention: This class is no longer available. Sorry.


In just about any writing class, you will hear these words: “Show don’t tell!” But how do you do that?  “Ground your readers in their senses,” says Jane Underwood. “Run from abstractions, straight into the arms of all that is concrete — peaches, hurricanes, airplane roars, empty drawers, itching wounds.

During this day of sensory exploration, we’ll explore ways to come up with juicy images and details — descriptions that dance and breathe, scenes that taste and smell, characters that sing and shout, stories that are soft as the nape of a baby’s neck…or hard as a tack.

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