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Say What? Developing Your Mastery of Dialogue (two-session online seminar series)

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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Kristie Smeltzer

Instructor: Kristie Smeltzer
$60 Members | $65 Nonmembers
Saturdays, 4/27/24 & 5/11/24 | 1:00-3:00 PM ET

Dialogue is a utility tool in the toolbox of skilled writers. What people say—and how they say it—can develop the characters, contextualize relationships, add to tension, move the plot, convey backstory, and so much more.

In this two-part seminar, we’ll cover everything from the basics and best practices of dialogue tags to nuanced techniques like giving your characters metaphor families that make them sound like only they can. The first session will cover key concepts, include readings for discussion, and address participants’ questions. Participants will leave with a set of activities to complete to apply the concepts during the time between sessions. In our second session, we’ll discuss the results of participants’ work, respond to dialogue writing prompts, and address any additional questions.

This seminar is a good fit for prose writers, and both newer and more experienced writers should gain some new insights to apply in their writing.

Kristie Smeltzer’s fiction has been published by Scribes*MICRO*Fiction, MonkeyBicycle, Atticus Review, pioneertown, and others. She is currently working on several novels. She earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Central Florida. Kristie has taught at WriterHouse since 2016, and her students have gone on to publish their work in literary magazines, with small presses, and through large publishing houses. She also helps others tell their stories as a developmental editor and writing coach. WriterHouse members get a 5% discount on Kristie’s services. Learn more at www.kristiesmeltzer.com.

Register by mail: Send check and registration form to WriterHouse, PO Box 222, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Email programs@writerhouse.org to let us know your check is coming.

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