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November 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn what dialogue in fiction and nonfiction is good for– and what it isn’t. You will also learn the three different ways of using dialogue (summary, indirect and direct), how dialogue reveals theme, and the proper format and style on the page.
In the first half of the workshop, we will examine several excerpts from fiction and discuss how authors use dialogue to accomplish several things at a time. In the second half, we will do two exercises: one on conflict and the other on silence, which will strengthen your knowledge and skill of how to use dialogue in your writing.
Marcia Walker holds an MFA from the University of Guelph. Her writing has appeared in Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radio and The Broken Social Scene Story Project by House of Anansi. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize and was a finalist for the 2017 Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux Fiction Award. In 2016, her play, Recess, was in Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival. She currently co-organizes the Emerging Writer Reading Series in Toronto.