The International
Women's Writing Guild

Workshop: Show; Don't Tell

  • Tuesday, November 30, 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Digital Village

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Show; Don't Tell
Lois Winston


Many people believe rules were meant to be broken. However, if you’re a writer looking to catch the interest of an agent or an editor, certain writing rules should be followed. One of those rules is Show; Don’t Tell. It’s also one of the most confusing writing rules, not only for those just starting out on their writing journey, but for many writers who have been working toward publication for several years.

In this 90-minute workshop, bestselling and award-winning author Lois Winston, who is also a retired literary agent, will take the mystery out of showing vs. telling with easy explanations of each, along with examples of scenes written both ways. At the end of the workshop, you’ll come away with a better understanding of the concept of showing your story instead of telling it, which in turn should move you closer toward publication.


USA Today and Amazon bestselling author Lois Winston began her award-winning writing career with Talk Gertie to Me, a humorous fish-out-of-water novel about a small-town girl going off to the big city and the mother who had other ideas. That was followed by the romantic suspense Love, Lies and a Double Shot of Deception

Then Lois’s writing segued unexpectantly into the world of humorous amateur sleuth mysteries, thanks to a conversation her agent had with an editor looking for craft-themed mysteries. In her day job Lois was an award-winning craft and needlework designer, and although she’d never written a mystery—or had even thought about writing a mystery—her agent decided she was the perfect person to pen a series for this editor. Thus, was born the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, which Kirkus Reviews dubbed “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” The series now includes ten novels and three novellas. Lois also writes the Empty Nest Mysteries, currently at two novels, and one book so far in her Mom Squad Capers series.

To date Lois has published nineteen novels, five novellas, several short stories, one children’s chapter book, and one nonfiction book on writing, inspired by her twelve years working as an associate at a literary agency. To learn more about Lois and her books, visit her at www.loiswinston.com where you can sign up for her newsletter and follow her at various social media sites.