Say What? The Art of Dialogue- A Master Class in Writing Craft
January 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$39
Dialogue is one of the most powerful literary tools we can use in fiction and nonfiction. Dialogue reveals character, dictates pacing, and dramatizes the relationships between characters. Then there’s subtext — what’s not said — which is an equally powerful tool.
In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn how to use dialogue in fiction and nonfiction to create lively scenes. You will also learn the three different ways of using dialogue (summary, indirect and direct), how dialogue introduces 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 once. 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’s writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times, Fiddlehead, Prism international, Room, Event, Antigonish Review, University of Toronto Magazine, This Magazine, The Globe and Mail, CBC radioand The Broken Social Scene Story Project. She has been shortlisted for Prism’s fiction and non-fiction prize, was a finalist for the 2017 Writers’ Union of Canada short prose competition and the Lascaux Fiction Award. Her plays have been part of Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell festival and the F.O.O.T. festival. She is a graduate of the Guelph MFA program and runs the Emerging Writers Reading Series in Toronto.