Literary Arts, Talk/Workshop

Embody: Examining ‘Show’ vs. ‘Tell’

Organised by: The Storytelling Centre Limited
Performed by: Verena Tay
  • Date:
    28 Sep 2019
  • Time:
  • Duration:
    3h including a 15min break
  • Venue:
    The Storytelling Centre Limited, Block O #01-58, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053
    The Storytelling Centre Limited, Block O #01-58, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053The Storytelling Centre Limited, Block O #01-58, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053
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  • Admission:
  • Advisory:
    Recommended for adult participants ages 16 and above. Strictly no admission for those below 15 years.


Have you been driven up the wall with the adage "Show, don't tell"? What does it really mean? Is it really relevant to the stories that you want to write? How do you actually apply it in the creation of stories?

For answers to these questions, join Embody. During this hands-on workshop, you will examine some textual examples of 'show' and 'tell' and discuss what exactly each term means and when to apply either principle appropriately. Then through a series of brainstorming and writing exercises, you will experiment with different elements (such as word choice, concrete sensorial description, a point of view, and dialogue) to understand what is 'telling' and how to 'show'.

By the end of the workshop, you will possess an improved understanding of 'show' and 'tell'. Writing stories will become easier because you will know better how and when to 'show' and/or 'tell'.

Participants must bring their writing materials and/or laptop/tablet.
Please ensure that your devices are fully charged.
Please bring your own portable chargers.

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to all participants who complete the full workshop.
Certificates will be handed out at the end of the workshop.

Verena Tay ( has written and published two collections of short stories and four volumes of plays. To date, she has edited twelve-story anthologies, including the popular Balik Kampung series published by Math Paper Press. Since 2011, she has conducted numerous writing workshops for the National Library Board, National Book Development Council of Singapore, the Ministry of Education and other local organizations.

Verena holds three Masters degrees in English Literature, Voice Studies, and Creative Writing and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing with Swansea University. An Honorary Fellow at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa (Aug–Nov 2007), she was a Writer-in-Residence at Nanyang Technological University (Aug–Nov 2018). In addition, she is a seasoned theatre practitioner, an experienced teacher of storytelling, speech and presentation skills, as well as an accomplished storyteller that has delighted audiences in Singapore, Scandinavia, Australia, Malaysia, Wales, and the US.

All patrons are required to purchase tickets for admission.
Admission is subject to proof of tickets purchased.

Duration: 3 hours including a 15-min break
Latecomers advisory: All latecomers must wait for a suitable cue for seating.
All footwear to be left outside the venue door
NO refunds, NO cancellation, NO exchange of tickets.

Emerging and experienced writers.
People with significant life experiences, who wish to personally record them in a meaningful manner.

Embody: Examining ‘Show’ vs. ‘Tell’