Memoir in a Year: Showing, Not Telling

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Sarah Vincent
24 February 2018 - 10:00 to 1:00 PM
Sarah Vincent
Early, Emerging
Writers are always told to ‘Show, not Tell’. Showing refers to using emotion, description, scenes and dialogue to let the reader see the people and events in your book rather than just being told about them.

This is especially important for memoir. But telling has an important place. This workshop explores the skills of showing AND telling, how to use them, how they differ and how to decide which one is best for pace, effect and focus.

You will learn

•    how to ‘show’ through emotion, description, scenes and dialogue
•    how to ‘tell’ in a way that is evocative and intriguing
•    the importance of pace in memoir writing
•    how showing slows the pace and telling speeds it up
•    how to know which one to use at different points in a memoir.

About Sarah Vincent

Sarah Vincent has an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT University. Her memoir ‘Death by Dim Sim’ was published by Penguin Random House in February 2017. She has appeared on panels at the Emerging Writers Festival and The Williamstown Lit Fest.

Memoir in a Year

Read more about our remaining Memoir in a Year workshops:

Memoir in a Year: Character and Dialogue, 27 January

Memoir in a Year: Legal Issues and Ethics, 31 March

Memoir in a Year: Protecting Yourself, 28 April

Memoir in a Year: Synopsis and Pitch, 26 May


Registration fee
Member $ 90.00
Concession Member $ 80.00
Non-Member $ 120.00
Donation $ 0.00

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