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All Levels | As Elizabeth Bowen wrote, “Speech is what characters do to each other.” The best dialogue is the nastiest: the sharpest, the most conflict-driving, the most layered and fraught, the truest to our contemporary experience of inattention and misunderstanding. We’ll look at how good dialogue cuts, examining scenes by Joan Didion, Lorrie Moore, ZZ Packer, and others. You’ll bring a dialogue-driven scene to class and have the opportunity to sharpen it—and, should you feel so inclined, to share it.
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.
Alex Madison's fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Witness, Salon, Bitch Media, The Rumpus, City Arts and elsewhere. She is a former high school teacher and a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she taught literature, fiction and nonfiction.