Celebrating the written word
Sarah Creech is the author of Season of the Dragonflies and The Whole Way Home, which was nominated for the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in various publications, including Lit Hub, The Cortland Review, Writer's Digest, and StorySouth. She's an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.
Show AND Telling
Too often teachers admonish beginning writers with the familiar adage “show, don’t tell” like it’s a firm rule. And it’s true that writing rendered entirely in exposition fails to create the urgency and vividness of story, but it’s also true that prose writers must tell sometimes too. So when do we show and when do we tell? What’s the balance? Which moments demand the sensory experience of scene and which moments need the context that telling can provide? In this class, we will study showing and telling in scenes from classic and contemporary works of literature and discuss the choices writers make, and we will participate in writing exercises to better help us apply showing and telling in our creative work.
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