A Fiction Writer's Secret Weapon:  Show, Don't Tell

Presented by Leslie J. Hall
October 3 - 21, 2022
Cost:  Free for RWAOL members.  $15 for non-members.  
Public welcome.

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About This Workshop

Show, Don’t Tell. What does it really mean? How can we use it in stories? We’ll review the true meaning and how it connects to point of view, setting, and description. We’ll discuss how this tool helps connect reader to our stories, what ‘tell’ looks like, and how to change it to ‘show.’ We’ll review the before and after examples from books and music, and from attendee in class exercises. Great workshop for any level of writer who wants their stories to be powerful.

Most writers have heard Show, Don’t Tell. What is it and how do we use it in stories? We’ll review the meaning of the phrase and how it connects with readers. Class covers writing in the active voice, how the tool assists with character development, how the tool helps us create engaging and visual settings, and how the tool and point of view are interconnected. Examples from books and songs will be used.

Students will:
• Understand what the phrase means for their story.
• How to identify ‘telling’ prose
• How to convert ‘telling’ to ‘showing’
• When it is okay to tell
• How to use point of view to heighten Show, Don’t Tell 

About The Presenter

Leslie J. Hall is the author of the Kaitlyn Willis Road Signs Mystery series. Book one, Dead End, and Book Two, Watch for Ice, are available via Amazon. She is also a well-known writing instructor at colleges and writers’ conferences around the Pacific Northwest. Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association,and on the Northwest board of Mystery Writers of America. Leslie loves words, books, writing, and sharing that passion with others. When not writing, Leslie can be found volunteering for writer events, leading Write Night—a weekly facilitated writers’ critique group, teaching writing, talking about writing, thinking about writing and once in a while sleeping! 

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What You Need to Know

  • Deadline to register:  October 3, 2022.
  • You do NOT need to be a member of RWA® or RWAOL to take this class.
  • RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a discussion board system located on this website.  However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.  This is not an email loop workshop.
  • For questions, contact us through our contact form.