BEYOND “SHOW, DON’T TELL”: The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Writing a Narrative

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BEYOND “SHOW, DON’T TELL”: The Balance Between Scene and Exposition in Writing a Narrative
Date:
September 27, 2014 12:30 pm
Cost:
MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115
Category:
Updated:
July 24, 2014
Venue:
USM’s Glickman Library
Phone:
207-228-8263
Address:
314 Forest Avenue, Portland, 04101, United States

 

MWPA-215x215Instructor: CB Anderson
Date & Time: Saturday, September 27 | 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: USM’s Glickman Library, Portland
Level: Open
Maximum Attendees: 15
Fee: MWPA Member $65 | Nonmember $115

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Writers are often urged to “show, don’t tell.” But how wholeheartedly should we apply this dictum, and what are its limitations? In this workshop open to fiction and nonfiction writers, participants will examine what it means to create work that integrates showing and telling, maintaining forward motion while offering pushback that enables readers to exit the story with expanded perspective. To accomplish this, a story must deepen as it goes. Participants will look at work by a variety of nonfiction and fiction writers to see how they balance readability vs. resistance, action vs. abstraction.

 

NOTE Participants should be prepared to write during the workshop, and are asked to bring a piece of their own work-in-progress—memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction—of between 1,000- and 5,000-words.

 

CB Anderson HEAD SHOTABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
CB Anderson is a cross-genre writer whose story collection River Talk (C&R Press 2014) was called “an uncommonly clearsighted collection of short fiction” in a Kirkus starred review. She teaches graduate and undergraduate writing at Boston University, from which she also holds an M.S. in Journalism. Winner of numerous prizes, including the New Millennium Award and the Mark Twain Award for short fiction, Anderson’s stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, North American Review, Pleiades, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton & Co.) and elsewhere. Her nonfiction has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook, Boston Magazine, usatoday.com, Down East and others, and has twice been shortlisted in Best American Essays (Houghton Mifflin).  Anderson lives with her family in Maine and Boston. VISIT: cbanderson.net

 

THE FELLOWSHIP
The MWPA is proud to offer one full fellowship to this workshop. The fellowship will be judged on both writing ability and financial need. The application’s “Statement of Financial Need” will serve as the writing sample. To apply for a fellowship, please download the application form on the MWPA website.
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