Abby Geni- The Balance of Show and Tell

  • December 10, 2020
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote


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Remote Session (OCWW is remote through Dec. 2020)

Most of us have been told this at some point: “Show, don’t tell.”

In a nutshell, this all-too-common phrase means “Use scene, not summary, in your writing.” But many writers struggle with this idea, both conceptually and practically. What is the difference between scene and summary? How can each be used to greatest effect? What does a well-paced story look like? Award winning author Abby Geni will provide guidance on pacing, story speeds, how to balance scene and summary in your writing, and why telling is just as important as showing. Includes handouts and exercises.

Bio: Abby Geni is the Chicago-based author of The Wildlands (September 2018), The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the Chicago Review of Books Awards for Best Fiction, and The Last Animal, an Indies Introduce Debut Writers Selection and finalist for the Orion Book Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Her website is    

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