4-Week: Dialogue that Talks Back


We hear so much about what dialogue can't do (can't provide exposition, can't read like transcription, can't cuss a blue streak, etc) that we don't often mark what it can do. In this four-week course we'll discover winning ways to make reported speech ring true, try our hand at a score of exercises, and study successful examples of snappy patter in both fiction and nonfiction. We'll also address dialogue issues in memoir, how to adapt your speaker's style to your own prose rhythms, and we'll spend a weirdly long time talking about Richard Nixon's office transcripts from '72 (really). Fiction and nonfiction writers welcome. Curious poets and skeptical dramatists welcome too.

Instructor: John Cotter Learn More


Oct 23, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmOct 30, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmNov 06, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pmNov 13, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm