Online Workshop: Show, Don’t Tell – For Short Stories

Join us for an online writing class: Show, Don’t Tell  

During 2017 I wrote a series of craft posts about short stories, but I felt like I wanted to say more. Literally, like aloud. So, I’d like to invite you to our next online class for 12 Short Stories. I will be discussing the old writing mantra: show, don’t tell. Explaining why it works, when you should use it and when you shouldn’t.

What will you learn?

During this class we will work our way through a few simple steps that will help you to ‘show’. We also discuss when you should ‘tell’. Session ends with Q&A.

  1. This class will help you understand “Show, don’t tell”.
  2. It’ll help you identify “telling” in your stories.
  3. It’ll show you how to “show”.
  4. It’ll help you know when to “tell”.
  5. It’s packed with examples.
  6. You have a chance to ask any writing related questions.

Why should you attend this?

When I heard the words “Show, don’t tell” for this first time I remember being completely baffled. It felt like this secret club I wasn’t part of. Everyone knew what it was. I made it my mission to discover this special trick. Well, when I finally understood and it was big ah-ha for me, I also realised it was much simpler than everyone made it out to be.


Session 1:

Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Time: 21:00 (GMT+02:00)
Cost:  US $10

Use the ‘Return to Merchant’ link after payment to complete registration.
Replay available for 48 hours after the session.

Session 2:

Date: Friday, 27 April 2018
Time: 9:00 (GMT+02:00)
Cost:  US $10

Use the ‘Return to Merchant’ link after payment to complete registration.
Replay available for 48 hours after the session.

Session 3:

Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Time: 15:00 (GMT+02:00)
Cost:  US $10

Use the ‘Return to Merchant’ link after payment to complete registration.
Replay available for 48 hours after the session.

  1. Please select the best session for your time zone.
  2. A replay link will be available for 48 hours, if these times are not suitable.
  3. You can only register for, and attend, one session.

Registration link:

Show, Don’t Tell – For Short Stories


Read more here: Short Story School

The class is about 40-60 minutes. We will end with a Q&A session, so please bring pens and paper for note taking and make sure you have your questions ready.


I have added another session for The Ultimate Short Story Checklist if you missed the previous one.

Class 1: The Ultimate Short Story Checklist

Read more about the class here: Short Story School

What the students said about The Ultimate Short Story Checklist: 

  • On 23/03/2018 I took part in an excellent Writers Write Webinar; The Ultimate Short Story Checklist. It was advertised as a 40-minute session but Mia was so generous with her time, it lasted far longer. During the session, we discussed the beginning, middle and end of an SS and applied the checklist to 4 example Short Stories of varying lengths. The checklist allows you to verify if you have included the key points in your own Short Stories allowing you to improve any potential weaknesses. Not every point in the checklist may be present in your work but the more of them you can include, the better the story and ultimately the better effect on your readers. I eagerly await invitations to further sessions from Mia. – Paul Slater
  • I loved the class and thought it was a great value for $10. I learned a lot and now have a tool to help me to actually finish a story. And thank you for stressing the importance of writing my short story first, before I apply the checkpoints. That will keep my perfectionism at bay. – Karen Berg
  • As that was the first formal instruction I have ever received on short-story writing, I know infinitely more now than I did before!  I can definitely anticipate the value of the checklist for reviewing and improving the first draft.  It’s much more thorough than just looking for typos and plot flaws or loose ends. – Kathy Sanford

Can’t wait to meet you.


If you want to learn how to write a short story, join us for Short Cuts in Johannesburg or sign up for our online course.

 by Mia Botha

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