We’ve all heard it: “Show, don’t tell!” – the ultimate creative writing technique. ‘Showing’ makes scenes come alive, characters more real, and everything in your story more vivid. But what exactly does that mean? How exactly does one ‘show’? And…well, aren’t there times you really should ‘tell’? It’s called storytelling after all!
Showing what your characters are thinking, feeling and doing entertains your reader and brings them closer to the narrative. More importantly, it stops your story from feeling stodgy and boring – making your manuscript stand out (for all the right reasons!) to prospective agents and publishers.
This online seminar is for anyone who has ever nodded sagely along to “Show, don’t tell!” but secretly wondered just HOW to apply it to their writing. And your guide is multi award-winning, bestselling author Pamela Freeman – as together we FOCUS ON… Show Don’t Tell.
Hundreds of students have already completed this seminar. We have received overwhelming positive feedback on the strategies shared by Pamela and the practical advice she provided. This seminar is now available for purchase. By purchasing this seminar you will also receive the handouts and have access for 12 months.
“Thanks, Pamela. The clarity and efficiency of your insightful ‘Focus on Show, Don’t Tell’ presentation has helped me enormously. Your enthusiasm is infectious. This is the first time I’ve understood the nuts and bolts of show, don’t tell. You’re inspiring.”
– Paul Rodriguez (January 2023)
“I loved the practical examples that Pamela gave. Also Pamela is a good presenter – clear and informative and everything was easy to follow and understand. I feel like I now have a good handle on showing not telling. The practical examples in the handouts will help me in my writing and will be useful for editing.”
Russian playwright Anton Chekhov is often credited with the quote “Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” His meaning was that when describing things in nature, you should seize upon the small details – allowing a reader to “see” a scene and not simply have it dictated to them.
Other writers have also embraced this approach, including Ernest Hemingway – and “Show, Don’t Tell” has rapidly become the mantra most likely to appear on the chalkboard at the start of a writing class. As an author, it can be fundamental to your characters and scenes.
In this fascinating FOCUS ON seminar, Pamela Freeman delves deep into the writing craft to help you tame this deceptively tricky technique in a way that enhances your writing in the minds of readers, agents and publishers.
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“Before this seminar, I felt ‘show don't tell' was a buzz phrase that I would strive for. The fog has cleared and in one hour, I actually understand and have the tools to move forward.”
Drawing on her years of experience, Pamela highlights how to streamline your storytelling by knowing when to SHOW and when to TELL for maximum effect.
Each FOCUS ON seminar explores an important aspect of the art of writing – in an interactive, accessible and efficient way. The session consists of a 1 hour expert presentation plus an additional 30 minute Q&A – designed to entertain, educate and inspire you to improve your craft.
With the tips and techniques you learn in this seminar, you’ll be able to confidently grapple with the nuances of this most golden of storytelling rules to bring your words to life.
Pamela Freeman is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 40 books and novellas, plus short stories and scripts. She writes under two names: Pamela Freeman for children’s and fantasy, and Pamela Hart for mystery novels and historical fiction.
Prolific across multiple genres, Pamela has a Doctorate in Creative Arts (Writing) and she has been the director of creative writing here at the Australian Writers' Centre for over 10 years.
“I loved how Pamela gave solid examples of telling and then demonstrated how to show that telling in a scene.”