Have you ever heard the common imperative ‘show, don’t tell’ and wondered what it really meant? This two-part workshop will clarify the differences between showing and telling, and give you practical and effective ways to include more ‘showing’ in your work. Using a combination of tuition, examples and writing exercises, the course will cover topics including scene versus summary, concrete detail, character and imagery. This is an empowering workshop that will give you the tools to enrich your own prose and allow it to make a visceral and lasting impression on the reader.
Session 1 will include a general discussion of “showing and telling,” and a session on “scene vs summary.” The workshop will include a presentation, examples, writing exercises and group discussion.
Session 2 will focus on ‘showing and telling’ in relation to two specific areas of writing: detail and character. Once again, the workshop will include tuition, examples, writing exercises and discussion.
Emily Bitto is an award-winning Melbourne based writer of fiction, poetry and non-fiction. The manuscript of her debut novel, The Strays, written as part of a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, was shortlisted for the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. The published novel went on to win the prestigious Stella Prize in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, the NSW Premier’s Prize for New Writing, and the Dobbie Literary Award, and was longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC prize. The Strays has been published in the U.S. (Twelve Books), UK (Legend Press) and Canada (Penguin).
Emily’s fiction, poetry and non-fiction has appeared in various publications, including Meanjin, Island, the Age, the Saturday Paper,the Big Issue, and The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2018 she was a recipient of a six month Australia Council International Residency in the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, where she completed the draft of her second novel, which will be published in 2021. She is currently also working on an adaptation of The Strays for the screen with leading producer See Pictures (Breath). Emily has taught creative writing since 2013 and is currently a tutor at RMIT and the Faber Academy. She also co-owns Carlton wine-bar Heartattack and Vine.