Wednesday, January 2, 2008



INSTRUCTOR: Shannon Donnelly
WHEN: Jan 5 to Jan 16 (6 lessons posted over two weeks)
COST: $15 for NEORWA members, $20 for nonmembers
REGISTRATION: for registration form and workshop details or
contact Kristine Thompson at

WORKSHOP: Show, don't Tell" is a cliché that has almost lost its meaning. But"showing" and "telling" are both valuable tools for any writer. In this workshop, we'll use writing examples to figure out the truth hidden in this tired phrase. The "telling" part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and techniques tohelp improve narrative and identify when it's time to tell your story.

The "showing" part blends a set of exercises to strengthen an understandingof what makes a scene come to life.

Topics we'll cover:
1) Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice
2) Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes
3) Descriptions: How to Make them Vivid
4) Deep Viewpoint to Show a Character's Inner World
5) Time, Transitions & Word Count--where Telling Helps
6) Showing and Telling--Not Absolutes
7) Write to Your Strengths: When to Show, When to Tell

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:Award-winning author of romance novels, children's books, video games, and non-fiction books, Shannon's work has earned praise from Booklist and other reviewers who have called her work: "simply superb"..."wonderfullyuplifting"....and "beautifully written." Her awards for writing include anomination for RWA's RITA for Best Regency, winning the RWA's Golden HeartAward, winning the Grand Prize in the "Minute Maid Sensational RomanceWriter" contest, (judged by Nora Roberts - which gave her a trip to Paris), and multiple finalists in the Bookseller's Best, Orange Rose, HoltMedallion, Colorado ACE, and other contests. Shannon is a member of LosAngeles Romance Authors, Orange County Chapter of RWA, East Valley Authors,and the Published Author Special Interest Chapter. She regularly teaches online workshops, has taught writing at UCLA, and has spoken at RWA's National Conference, as well as at RWA chapter meetings and other conferences.

She can be found online at and

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