We’ve all heard the dictum: “Show, don’t tell.” It sounds easy but – how do we do it? A sure-fire way to show is to use our five senses when narrating or describing an event, a character, a story. The five senses are all we have to apprehend the world around us. We should use them. Abstractions are boring. Generalizations are trite. The best writing is a series of concrete, specific descriptions filled with what we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. The last four senses, especially, are often neglected by beginning writers. We live in a visual world. But what we smell or hear or taste or touch is just as important, if not more so, to evoke a feeling in the reader, to bring the scene into relief, to become alive in the mind of the audience. In this class, we will practice the craft of writing using our five senses with exercises, examples of published works, and other tools.
Workshop facilitated by Beatriz Badikian-Gartler, Ph.D., a Chicago poet with more than 30 years of experience teaching writing.
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