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OCCRWA April Online Workshop – Show and Tell w Shannon Donnelly

March 26, 2009 by in category Blogs with 0 and 0
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Hi everyone! Check out the exciting online classes offered by the Orange County Chapter of RWA!

Show and Tell: An Interactive Workshop

With Shannon Donnelly

April 13, 2009 – May 9, 2009

Enrollment Information at

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members

Enrollment deadline: April 12, 2009

If you have specific questions, email


“Show, don’t Tell” is a cliché that has almost lost its meaning. But “showing” and “telling” are both valuable tools for any writer. In this workshop, we’ll use writing examples to figure out the truth hidden in this tired phrase.

The “telling” part of the workshop includes tips, tricks, and techniques to help improve narrative and identify when it’s time to tell your story. The “showing” part blends a set of exercises to strengthen an understanding of what makes a scene come to life.


1) Telling: Use of the Narrative Voice

2) Showing to Pull a Reader into Your Scenes

3) Descriptions: How to Make them Vivid

4) Deep Viewpoint to Show a Character’s Inner World

5) Time, Transitions & Word Count–where Telling Helps

6) Showing and Telling–Not Absolutes

7) Write to Your Strengths: When to Show, When to Tell


Award-winning author of romance novels, children’s books, video games, and non-fiction books, Shannon’s work has earned praise from Booklist and other reviewers, noting: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.” Her numerous awards for writing include past finalist in the RWA’s RITA for Best Regency, winner of the Golden Heart Award, Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, (judged by Nora Roberts – which gave her a trip to Paris), the Laurel Wreath, Winter Rose, and multiple finalists in the Bookseller’s Best, Orange Rose, Holt Medallion, Colorado ACE, and other contests. Shannon is a member of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA), Orange County Chapter (OCC) of RWA, East Valley Authors (EVA), and the Published Author Special Interest Chapter (PASIC). She regularly teaches online workshops, including a class for UCLA, and has spoken at RWA’s National Conference, as well as at RWA chapter meetings and other conferences.

She can be found online at and

Enrollment Information at

COST: $20 for OCC members, $30 for non-members

Enrollment deadline: April 12, 2009

Coming in May – “Writing the Synopsis” with Camy Tang

Whether you’ve got a complete manuscript or you’ve just started one, this class will help you write a complete synopsis for your story. She will take you step by step so that by the end of the class you will have written a one-page synopsis, a 4-6 page synopsis, and also a more organic “character” synopsis.

For a full class roster, go to Check out our full 2009 list of workshops. Want to be notified personally two weeks before each class? Be sure you’re signed up for our Online Class Notices Yahoo Group!

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