Show Don’t Tell Is Like A Layer Cake…

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Presented by Sandy Vaille

Course Dates – 4thJune – 1STJuly 2018

Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80.

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About the course….


Show Don’t Tell Is Like A Layer Cake…

We’ve all heard this old adage, but applying it often causes confusion, because it’s riddled with contradictions. Both showing and telling are valuable techniques. One creates drama and movement, and the other conveys information succinctly and poetically.

Bring your story into focus by finding a balance between action and brevity that will captivate readers.

Participants will:

  • Discover when to show, and when it’s okay to tell.
  • Identify and banish info dumps.
  • Practiceinfusing the story with relevant details.
  • Learn how to build a story in layers and create purposeful scenes.
  • Explore how action can tell the story and engage the reader emotionally.

This popular workshop combines colourful handouts, tailored feedback, videos and live chats to engage participants. There will be plenty of opportunities to apply the learnings to individual work.

I’m a strong believer that learning outcomes are increased through collaboration and sharing, so I encourage this in a safe and nurturing environment; however, those who aren’t comfortable with sharing, are welcome to email me their homework.

About the presenter…. 


Sandy Vaile is a motorbike-riding daredevil who isn’t content with a story unless there’s a courageous heroine and a dead body. She writesromantic-suspense with attitude and is published by Simon & Schuster US.

When she’s not writing fiction, Sandy composes procedures for high-risk industrial processes, judges competitions for Romance Writers of Australia and Romance Writers of America, and runs the Novelist’s Circle critiquing group. She lives amongst the South Australian vineyards and was a chef in a past life, hence the food analogies.


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