News | 2010 | Dialogue is Not Conversation

Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies' Writing and Publishing Program has picked up two of my courses for next spring (one in creative writing, the other in publishing). The creative writing class, Dialogue is Not Conversation, will be offered on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at SFU Harbour Centre. Here are the details:


Dialogue is Not Conversation

Dialogue is Not Conversation
 

Dialogue and conversation are not synonyms: conversation is when two or more people talk to each other; dialogue is a literary form that provides the illusion of transcribed speech to either establish character, advance the plot, or preferably, both. Through a combination of lecture, in-class exercises, and discussion, we'll explore what makes good dialogue, what makes bad dialogue, and how to tell the difference. We'll look at goal-oriented dialogue, subtext, action, differentiating your characters through the words they say, as well as the technical mechanics--everything you'll need to get your characters saying the right thing.
CPW616 / Fee $250

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