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May Workshop – Gabrielle Stroud: How To Show

21st May 2016 @ 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Show, don’t tell is advice regularly given to writers. Three little words – so easy to say, but much harder to do. How do we show a story? What can we do to reveal our stories? And how do we identify the “telling” in our stories?

This workshop aims to lift your writing from ordinary telling to more artful unveiling. The workshop will include activities that help you prepare your writing as well as strategies to detect ‘the telling’ within our stories. A careful deconstruction of a quality short story will also be included so we can learn from other writers and also develop the skill of reading like a writer.


About Gabrielle Stroud (G J Stroud)

Gabrielle Stroud - Measuring Up (2009)G J Stroud (Gabbie) is a recovering teacher, intrepid thinker and versatile writer. After sixteen years as a Primary school teacher, she gave in to exhaustion, admitted defeat and resigned. Then, in spectacular fashion, she did what good teachers are known to do – created something from nothing. Her memoir Teaching Australia (Griffith Review 51) went viral through social media and garnered media attention. The memoir confronts our current obsession with standardisation in education and discusses the impact this is having on teachers and their students. Gabbie is also a novelist. Her Young Adult novel Measuring Up (Scribe 2009) was described as a modern day homage to Puberty Blues. Her second YA novel is seeking a home and she is currently working on her third.

Gabrielle Stroud - Daily Telegraph 28th Jan 2016

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“Enjoyed it, great examples. Very thought provoking.”

“Good points presented. Lead to clearer understanding by examples. Would have liked a few more exercises. Good value of course.”

“EXCELLENT in every way. Thank you Gabby. Not a moment wasted.”

“I really enjoyed this workshop. Gabi is such a good communicator with a vivacious personality. Her methodology was effective- three main strategies with suitable hands-on activities to practice each method. One of the best workshops this year.”

“Very enjoyable and so helpful.”

“Enjoyed the presentation and learned a fair bit. Good value.”

“Good presentation and participation. Very interesting and relevant. Many thanks.”

“Interesting, well presented. Gabbie explained techniques for ‘show don’t tell’ very clearly and the activities were worthwhile.”
-Peter A

“Learnt heaps Thank you so much. Can’t wait to get into more writing.”

“Fantastic Gabbie! I feel inspired. Exceeded expectations & more than enough ‘bang for your buck!’”

“Gabbie presented legitimate approaches to ‘showing not telling’. Adding to the ‘compost’ of my storytelling will improve its readability…..I hope. Excellent workshop.”

“Great content. Great way of keeping the audience involved in the teaching. Very well presented.”


21st May 2016
1:00pm - 4:00pm
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Writers of the Far South Coast
(02) 6448 9948


Club Sapphire
119 Main Street
Merimbula, NSW 2548 Australia
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(02) 6495 1306