Showing and Telling
Saturday 30 November, 10am-4pm
Full Price: $195
Conc Member: $120
This workshop is SOLD OUT – join the waitlist here to be notified if a space opens.
Have you ever heard the common imperative ‘show, don’t tell’ and wondered what it really meant? Writing detail can be essential to good storytelling. This one-day workshop takes the view that showing and telling both have their place in writing; its focus will be on teaching you to understand the difference in a practical way that you can easily apply to your writing.
Using a combination of tuition, examples and writing exercises, the course will cover topics including scene versus summary, concrete detail, imagery and the senses as elements of showing. This empowering workshop will give you the tools to enrich your prose and allow it to make a visceral and lasting impression on the reader.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Learn to understand and apply the practical implications of ‘showing’ vs ‘telling’;
- Discuss and work on various elements of your writing that can be enriched by ‘showing’; and
- Learn techniques that you can continue to apply beyond the scope of the workshop.
Pen and paper or preferred device for writing. Please ensure your device is fully charged.
About the tutor
Emily Bitto is an award-winning Melbourne-based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Her debut novel, The Strays, won the 2015 Stella Prize. She has a Masters in literary studies and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne, and has been teaching creative writing for over a decade.