Dialogue & Scene

Dialogue & Scene

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With a few exceptions, great stories are made up of great scenes. Scenes are the building blocks of stories: they’re where the action happens, where characters are revealed, where conflicts emerge and are resolved (or not). And no scene is complete without effective, convincing dialogue. In this class, we’ll explore techniques for crafting quality dialogue; we’ll examine how dialogue can reveal character and conflict in both direct and indirect ways; and we’ll learn how what’s around dialogue—tagging, blocking, key descriptions, sensory details, etc.—contributes to the scene as a whole. This workshop will include in-class exercises, voluntary sharing of work-in-progress, and group discussion of student and published work.


  • Instructor: Marysa LaRowe
  • Length of workshop: 3 hours
  • Date:  Sat., Mar. 24
  • Time: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Location: Refinery Nashville
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About the Instructor: 

Marysa LaRowe is Nashville-based writer whose fiction has appeared in The Normal SchoolSmokeLong Quarterly, Fiction Southeast, The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Matchbook, Wisconsin People and Ideas Magazine, and others. She earned her MFA in fiction from Vanderbilt University and her BA in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition to teaching for The Porch, Marysa has taught writing classes for Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth, and the Writers in Prisons Program based in Oregon, WI.  When she's not writing fiction or teaching, Marysa also works as a grant writer for a social services nonprofit in Nashville.