What's That You Say? Writing Effective Dialog in Fiction

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Writers' Studio, BARN, Class Code WR102718WR
  • 3


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Dialogue is crucial to any kind of story—fiction, nonfiction, any type of script. But dialog is more than simply writing down realistic conversation. In reality, no one wants to hear (or read) about the weather, or what someone had for lunch (unless it really matters!). 

Uninteresting dialogue can sink a story like a hole in the hull, while good dialogue makes it sail along beautifully. Writing great dialogue is tricky. 

In this class you’ll learn to write dialogue that sounds lifelike, yet is carefully constructed so every line mines character background, tension, emotion and intent. 

Instructor: Warren Read is the author of a 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me (Borealis Books), and the 2017 novel, Ash Falls (Ig Publishing). His short fiction has been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Mud Season ReviewSliver of StoneInkletteSwitchback and The East Bay Review. He has been in education for 26 years and is currently an assistant principal with the Bainbridge Island School District.   

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