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The Facts of Fiction 4: Drafting Authentic Dialogue

June 26, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$30 Members | $35 Nonmembers
Saturday, June 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Seminar Series: The Facts of Fiction

This June seminar series covers four of the core concepts for writing effective fiction. Writers may take the entire series or only specific sessions. Writers who sign up for all four seminars will receive a $5 credit for each seminar completed. The total credit will be applied after the last seminar. The credit may be used to offset registration fees for future classes or seminars at WriterHouse and must be used by 6/30/2022.

Kristie was recently interviewed about The Facts of Fiction series by 106.1 The Corner. Listen to the full interview to find out more.

Seminar 4: Drafting Authentic Dialogue 

Effective dialogue is like the Swiss Army knife of fiction. It contributes to character development and helps move the plot along. Sometimes dialogue helps root us in a setting, and it is essential to making scenes work. Need to increase tension? Dialogue can do that, too.

Dialogue needs to sound like something real people would say, only better—more intense. We expect characters to sound distinct, and when done really well, a reader is able to distinguish who is speaking without having to rely on a dialogue tag.

Writers taking this seminar will work on developing their ear for dialogue and learn techniques to help them write unique, authentic dialogue for all of their characters.

Kristie Smeltzer’s work has appeared in The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Apeiron Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Florida Review, and So to Speak. Kristie is currently working on three novels. She earned her MFA at the University of Central Florida.



June 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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Charlottesville, 22902 United States
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