02/24 Show, Don’t Tell with Judy Reeves
Show, Don’t Tell – How to Move the Audience from Reading to Experiencing
The most common advice given writers is “Show, don’t tell.” But what exactly do those words mean? And how do writers put it into practice? This workshop takes a close-up look at detail – that most important element of craft – and how reveal rather than explain. We’ll talk about the difference between dramatic scenes and narrative summary, how sensory details invite the reader into the world of the story, how verbs create combustible sentences, and how to move out of the mind and into the motion of the story.
Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher and writing practice provocateur whose books include A Writer’s Book of Days; Writing Alone, Writing Together; A Creative Writer’s Kit and The Writer’s Retreat Kit. Her work has also appeared in the San Diego Reader, The Frozen Moment, A Year in Ink, Vols I and 5 and other antholgies. Two plays, written with a women’s writing ensemble, were produced in the Fritz Blitz. In addition to leading private writing workshops and retreats, Judy teaches at UCSD Extension and speaks at writing conferences internationally. A tenth anniversary Revised Edition of A Writer’s Book of Days was named Best Nonfiction in the 2010 San Diego Book Awards. Her latest release is the Daily Appointment Calendar for Writers. Her website is judyreeveswriter.com She blogs at livelymuse.com.
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