SUNDAY, APRIL 14 | Is dialogue meant to reveal or conceal? In this one-day hands-on workshop, you will learn how dialogue actually accomplishes both, revealing your characters by what is said and what is not said in fiction and memoir. We’ll read work by masters of dialogue, examining how artfully crafted speech, gesture, and silence helps you not only develop character, but generate tension, subtext, and move the plot forward. You’ll learn how to take full advantage of your characters’ expressive tics, favorite phrases, and utter withdrawal to build an immersive world for the reader. You’ll have the chance to free-write dialogue yourself, trying on different personas of talkative, quiet, and completely uncommunicative characters, with the opportunity to share what you’ve created in a supportive atmosphere. There’s also plenty of time to address your questions and concerns. My dual goals for this workshop are for you to come with concrete strategies for creating a variety of kinds of dialogue, and to experience for yourself what most writers like to keep secret: writing dialogue can be a lot of fun.
Laurie Ann Doyle is the author of World Gone Missing (Regal House Publishing), which was named a finalist for American Book Fest’s Best Book of short stories and praised by New York Times bestselling author Edan Lepucki for delivering “powerful portrayals of people desiring connection, hope, and renewal.” Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, Laurie’s stories and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Rumpus, Jabberwock Review, Under the Sun, and many other literary journals. She teaches writing at the Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley Extension, where she is an honored instructor. www.laurieanndoyle.com
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes break for lunch)
Date: Sunday, April 14
Course fee: $98