Long Story Short
School of Writing
'The tribute to learning is teaching.'
Show, Don’t Tell
Instructor: Roseanne Dowell

Student testimonial:  "Wow! Thank you, Roseanne. See why I'm in this class? I think I have trouble determining when is tell and when is show. Can't wait for next lesson!"


See, hear, feel, smell and taste your story. Learn how to put pizzazz in your writing. Did you ever wonder why you remember the characters in a book? Or what made a story especially memorable. By combining many elements of writing, our instructor, Roseanne will help you learn how to write publishable stories. She has designed a course schedule that will teach you to use the senses, avoid boring dialogue, and write memorable descriptions.

In each session, Roseanne will include text to read and examples.  Although the text and assignments will be posted on the web board, Roseanne will work with students one-on-one through email, providing individual tutoring.

Basic Outline:

Session 1 – Avoiding Adverbs- Objective - Learning the proper use (or disuse) of adverbs to strengthen the story.

Description: Roseanne shows how to replace adverbs with strong verbs. You’ll rewrite an example using strong verbs and action.

Session 2 – Actions Speak Louder than Words – Objective -Get rid of he said/she said.

Description: Roseanne will teach you how to use tag lines and strong verbs as well as other description to build strong characters and dialogue. You’ll write a short story.

Session 3 – I Smell a Story –Objective - Using all of our senses.

Description: Roseanne shows you how to use all of our senses to create strong descriptions to "show" your story. Examples will be provided and you’ll write a short story.

Session 4 - Show Me the Story – Objective -  Putting it all together.

Description: Using all of the elements Roseanne taught, you’ll write your own short story.

Student testimonial:  "Wow! Thank you, Roseanne. See why I'm in this class? I think I have trouble determining when is tell and when is show. Can't wait for next lesson!"

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Start Date: Ongoing, restarts every two weeks
Duration 4 weeks.
Limit  10 students 
Tuition: $85
Class Materials  Instructor will be provided by instructor. 
Individual Tutoring available -$35 extra mentoring
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ROSEANNE DOWELL:  As the second youngest of six children, Roseanne always had a vivid imagination and loved to make up stories. She often sat and daydreamed about  imaginary characters and lost herself in books and make-believe worlds.

Roseanne especially loves reading and writing mystery and romance – mysteries combined with romance are her all time favorites. Her favorite authors are Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts.

Her love of writing began as a teenager, but it wasn’t until recent years that she pursued it seriously, when she admitted in a discussion at her book club that she always regretted not writing. With encouragement from fellow book-club members, NEORWA and her husband, Roseanne began writing and submitting her work.

Although Satin Sheets is her first published novel, she has over forty articles and stories published in magazines such as Good Old Days, Nostalgia, and Ohio Writer along with several online publications.  Satin Sheets was nominated for the IPPY Award and was a finalist in the Reader’s Choice Award from Author Island.

Besides teaching three writing courses for Long Story School of Writing, Roseanne teaches a writing course at Cuyahoga Community College. She was the Senior Editor of an online magazine and wrote two columns.

In her spare time, Roseanne enjoys spending time with her six children and thirteen grandchildren.  Her hobbies include ceramics, knitting, quilting, and jewelry making. But her first love is writing. Roseanne resides with her husband of forty-five years in Northeast Ohio.  You can visit Roseanne’s website at: http://www.roseannedowell.com

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