What are the building blocks of the phrase "show, don’t tell"? It’s all in the details. This generative workshop explores the power of sensory images in prose. We will strengthen our attention to the five senses and the unique, concrete specifics that draw readers into an authentic world. Through a variety of exercises, we’ll practice translating observation and imagination into vivid narrative description. We will also examine inconsequential details versus those that convey emotion and resonate on multiple levels within a story. This workshop is for writers at any stage who want to go beyond visuals and strengthen their work through precise, visceral imagery.
Lara Hughes is a fiction writer who was born in Germany and raised on various military bases. She holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University where she received an Edgar H. Duncan Fellowship Award, taught undergraduate creative writing, and served as Nonfiction Editor for the Nashville Review. She is the winner of the 2022 Emerging Writer’s Prize from The Arkansas International, where her work will be forthcoming in the fall.
"I loved Lara's class! I really enjoyed how Lara structured the class as a blend of lecture, conversation and a few writing exercises. It made the time pass very quickly and the material didn't get overwhelming. I absolutely felt inspired and believe the work I did in this class will help me with some works in progress!"
"Lara was intuitive and responsive, smart and articulate."