Instructor: Steve Almond
Date & Time: Saturday, April 14 | 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Maximum Attendees: 20
Fee: Member: $65 | Nonmember: $120
Registration Closes: April 9
“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 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, an over-dependence on “show, don’t tell” can leave readers bewildered rather than dazzled.
The workshop will explore how writers can transform their work by following 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.
Steve Almond is the author most recently of Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country? His other books of fiction and nonfiction include the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His short stories have appeared in the Best American Short Stories, McSweeney’s, The Pushcart Prize, Tin House, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He teaches at the Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard, and hosts the New York Times podcast “Dear Sugars” with fellow writer Cheryl Strayed.
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