In this workshop with writer Jacob Plante, we will learn the importance of dialogue and how to skillfully craft dialogue into your narrative. Are you afraid to have your characters speak because you’re not sure what they should say? How should they sound? Are you afraid all your characters will sound the same? Are you unsure about the elements of narrative dialogue versus dialogue in real life? Do you wonder why you should have dialogue and how to write it? Do you have trouble with subtext?
Reading a novel without any dialogue in it is like reading through the dictionary from cover to cover, but not as exciting. People speak to each other. We relate to each other, learn about one another and communicate through dialogue. When writing scenes, dialogue and how it is written is crucial. It’s how characters reveal themselves and their characteristics. It’s how narratives are moved forward. It’s how you place the reader in the here and now of a scene instead of overusing summary.
In this virtual workshop we will work on how to make your characters speak in their own voices. We'll discuss:
- How much dialogue is enough.
- How much dialogue is too much.
- What to have your characters talk about and what to have your characters not talk about.
- When and when not to summarize a conversation or parts of a conversation.
One of the main focuses of this workshop will be writing prompts to get beginners comfortable with dialogue and for the intermediate and advanced writers to hone their skills in crafting genuine dialogue.
If you're working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month, this is the perfect opportunity to set your novel up for strong dialogue!
MFA - Creative Writing