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Showing vs Telling


with Sandy Vaile


You’ve heard the show, don’t tell adage a million times but has anyone ever explained where and when to apply it? This workshop is for fiction writers who want to decipher the contradictions in this mantra so they can avoid author intrusion and maximise emotive details.

Active storytelling is one of the fastest ways to improve your writing to a commercial standard and get noticed. Showing creates drama and movement and telling conveys information succinctly and poetically. Both are valid tools and Sandy Vaile will help you find a balance between action and brevity that will captivate your readers.


Participants will:

  • • understand the difference between showing and telling
  • • discover when to show, and when it’s okay to tell
  • • explore how action can tell the story and engage the reader emotionally
  • • identify and banish information dumps
  • • learn how to infuse your story with relevant details and emotive actions


Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. Published by Simon & Schuster US, she is an experienced course presenter with a decade of experience in the industry. She prides herself on providing a nurturing learning environment that enables participants to truly absorb the material. When she’s not writing fiction, Sandy composes procedures for high-risk industrial processes, judges writing competitions, runs the Fearless Novelist Facebook group, and offers mentoring and critiquing services.


Full Price $50 / Writers SA Members Price $35

—Online workshops are easy to access! You will need an internet connection and (ideally) a device with a camera – computers/laptops or even phones can be used to dial in. You will be sent a link to join a few days before the workshop. The link will take you to a private digital meeting where you can join the session. You can test the link at any time to ensure you can log in. Please respect the other participants in your workshop and mute your microphone at all times while the presenter is presenting. Background noise in houses such as TVs, pets and children can affect the sound quality. Screen fatigue is taxing on our eyes and brains so our workshops are now presented in maximum durations of 1.5 hours at a time.

—If you wish to register more than one participant into a workshop, you must do this one-by-one. We will need an email address for each participant to receive the online invitation in order to join.

—If you would like to use a workshop credit to book in, please contact at least five working days before the workshop commencement date. Our staff don’t work full time and we don’t want you to miss out!

—Workshop registrations will close 4pm on the Friday before each workshop to ensure all participants have the relevant links and information during Writers SA business hours. If you have technical difficulties using Zoom, please email before COB Friday.

Price: A$50.00

Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 3:30 pm

Date: August 15, 2020

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