Nothing makes a reader wince quite like bad dialogue.
Yet getting it right, letting our characters speak in ways that are natural to them, often feels a little like salting a finicky soup—too little and it’s bland, too much and it’s overbearing. In this class, we will workshop scenes with dialogue and employ some quick writing exercises to help us stretch. We will also discuss the primary role of dialogue. Is it to show character? Is it to move plot? Although we each may have different answers, we all have to know what we’re after when we throw our characters together on a page. Good dialogue is dangerous. Let’s take it for a spin!
What is a weekend boot camp?
Attic Institute weekend boot camps are short immersions intended to help sharpen our tools as writers by focusing on one aspect of craft at a time. Many of us don’t have lives that allow for lengthy writing retreats. Weekend boot camps can give us the push we need to keep going when it’s hard.
Teacher: Vanessa Veselka
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm, July 30-31
Location: Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: $75 (non-refundable)
Register at: http://atticinstitute.com/workshop/july-weekend-boot-camp-character-and-dialogue-vanessa-veselka