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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.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online until further notice. If there's a possibility that your class might take place in person, you will be notified in advance. Even if classes can be held in person, there will always be a hybrid option to participate via Zoom.
Classes with "Zoom" in the title will be held via Zoom even after our doors open. Classes listed as "Online" will be held on Wet Ink, our platform for asynchronous learning.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Class Type: 2 SessionsFiction, Online
Term: Fall 2020
Start Date: 12/05/2020
End Date: 12/12/2020
Days of the Week: Saturday
Time: 1:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Minimum Class Size: 5
Maximum Class Size: 15
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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.