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Telling and Time with Alison McMahan (online event)

Telling and Time with Alison McMahan (online event) In-Person

Most writing gurus emphasize "showing" (pushing the narrative forward with action and dialogue that plays out as we read) over "telling" (a summary of events). But telling has its uses, and one of them is to jump around in narrative time. This class will examine ways that telling helps authors convey changes in narrative time, how telling works with symbolism, and how telling helps depict the arc of character change.

ALISON MCMAHAN is an award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author. Her most recent film is Bare Hands and Wooden Limbs (2010) narrated by Sam Waterston. Her non-fiction book, Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), was translated into Spanish and film rights sold. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award and the Florida Writers Association's Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mysteries have been anthologized by Level Best Books, Wildside Press, Down-and-Out Books, and in the Scream and Scream Again middle-grade horror anthology edited by R.L. Stine for HarperCollins. She is a two-time Derringer finalist and chosen as one of the "Other Distinguished Mystery Stories" authors in Best American Mystery Stories of 2018. Represented by Gina Panettieri of Talcott Notch Literary.

This workshop is on Zoom and registration is required. Please click here to register.

The video is available for on-demand viewing August 22 – December 31.

Related LibGuide: NSU Alvin Sherman Library Writing Workshops by Serena Smith

Saturday, August 21, 2021
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time Zone:
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