November 5-7, 2020
We’re going virtual

Description: “Leave Out the Parts People Skip”

Elmore Leonard said, “I try to leave out the parts people skip.” Nothing makes a reader skim more than long, flat passages of description that stop a story’s momentum. No matter what kind of writing you do (fiction, memoir, poetry, essay), this session offers tips, tricks, and exercises designed to make your descriptions come to life. Everyone tells writers “Show don’t tell,” and this class will show you how to do that effectively and creatively. We’ll look at lots of published samples where description is doing double- and triple-duty in a story, and you’ll write some of your own as well.