Class
She Said, He Said: Writing Dialogue in Fiction

Artists
Price
Regular $52.50
Member $47.25
Low Income $36.75
Date
Time
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Genre
Basics
Family
Youth
Level
13 to 17
Location
Open Book-Loft Classroom
Number of Sessions
1
Day of the Week
Saturday
Duration
Single Session
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"I hope you're pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed-- or worse, expelled." -- Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Dialogue in a short story or novel has many purposes. It must develop character, further the action of your story, and escalate conflict. Sometimes dialogue needs to be funny, while other times dialogue should bring readers to tears. The words your characters speak must be realistic and believable, but also lyrical and precise.

Many writers underestimate the importance—and difficulty—of writing top-notch dialogue. In this class, we will discuss the "rules" of writing dialogue (and how to break them, obviously), techniques for developing unique character voices, and strategies for incorporating dialogue into a larger scene or chapter. Through improvisation games, free-writing exercises, and analysis of dialogue in Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, we will delve into the difficult but rewarding art of crafting dialogue.

There is no required reading or prep work for this class. However, students are welcome to bring a work-in-progress as there will be writing time dedicated to crafting dialogue for their own projects.