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Creative Writing Workshop: Show, Don’t Tell: What It Really Means (URI’s OLLI Program, Kingston, RI)

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The University of Rhode Island’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) was so pleased with the creative writing workshop I taught for them last summer at their Kingston Campus, they have invited me back to teach six more workshops: three classes this summer and three classes this fall. The first three will be taught on Tuesday nights, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., on June 25, July 30, and August 20. This is the description of the June workshop:


Show, Don’t Tell: What It Really Means

Often the first advice a writer receives is “show, don’t tell,” which is completely at odds with the traditional way people communicate with each other, by storytelling. So, what is meant by “show, don’t tell” and how far must a writer go to obey this literary commandment? Using examples from classical and modern novels, we will examine the question and then experiment with enjoyable and effective ways to utilize showing-vs.-telling in our own creative writing process.


If you’d like to enroll in this class or any of the other ones, you may register online at or by calling the school at (401) 874-4197. I’d love to see you there!