Wait a Minute, What About Dialogue?
Dialogue makes up between 30% and 70% of the average novel—and it's a deceptively tricky art to master. In this class, students will learn how to write natural conversations that advance the plot and give us insight into their characters. We will conduct small group exercises and analyze dialogue from novel excerpts and short stories. Students will then practice their skills by writing a short, dialogue-intensive scene.
Evan Ramzipoor is a writer based in California. Their writing has been featured in McSweeney’s, and The Ventriloquists (Park Row, 2019) is their first novel. They live with their partner and a terrier mix named Lada.