Lit Lesson #14: Show, don’t tell

We’ve all heard the adage, “Show don’t tell,” but what does this mean exactly? I believe it is a phrase teachers use to say write a scene instead of telling me about a scene. But what does a scene look like and how is it different from summary? What are the proportion in good writing? Is this something that can even be taught?

As often is the case in this complex art form, there is a great deal to think about when answering this questions. To help you, I’ve put together this class that goes at these questions by breaking down a group of short stories. There are also handouts to help you follow along.

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