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Dialogue 101

Introductory | When done well, dialogue can make our characters come alive on the page. When done poorly, it can make them sound robotic, contrived, or stilted. So what’s the difference between good dialogue and bad dialogue? How do we write the difference? Using examples from contemporary fiction, we’ll explore how to write natural dialogue that increases tension, advances character development, and grabs our reader’s attention. Students will have an opportunity to submit a short piece of dialogue for critique.

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Instructor: Becky Mandelbaum

Class Type: 2 Sessions

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Start Date: 12/05/2020

End Date: 12/12/2020

Days of the Week: Saturday

Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm PST

Minimum Class Size: 5

Maximum Class Size: 15

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Becky Mandelbaum

Becky Mandelbaum is the author of Bad Kansas (University of Georgia Press, 2017), which received the 2016 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and is a finalist for the 2018 High Plains Book Award for First Book. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Electric Lit, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. Originally from Kansas, she currently lives in Washington’s Skagit Valley.

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