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March 7-13

Show Not Tell presented by Michele Drier

Bring the reader into your story by understanding and using techniques that show the action.

Showing not telling brings readers into the action and characters of your story. This class will teach you ways to use active verbs, body language and dialogue tags to pump up your writing through examples, exercises and critiques.

You'll look at body language, ("I don't get it." He picked up a pencil, turned it over and scratched his head.) instead of "I don't get it," he said.

Active verbs include ways to eliminate (at least limit) auxiliary forms of "to be" (e.g. was).

Reducing gerunds and using appropriate verbs (a grown woman doesn't "scamper". Just because it's in a Thesaurus doesn't mean it should be used.

There will be short writing exercises (no more than a paragraph) and peer critiques.

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