Novelist Amy Bloom said, “Dialogue is not conversation. It is conversation’s greatest hits.” In this class, we will explore the ways in which dialogue can be harnessed to add light and shade to your storytelling, lend depth to your characters, and push your story along. We will also cover the use (and misuse) of dialogue tags, how to make your characters talk past one another, the wonders of the action “beat,” and the beauty of proper punctuation in dialogue. Be prepared to spend a portion of this class on in-class writing exercises that will help your dialogue find its rhythm.
Note: This class is scheduled to take place in-person at Porch HQ. You must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate, and we will enroll a maximum of 8 participants. Masks are not required at this time, though we will revisit this policy as needed. Check our website and this listing for details before you attend class.
Christopher Clancy is the author of the anti-war thriller WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. His work has appeared in Alligator Juniper, Folio, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.
Chris was knowledgable, friendly, and encouraging. I really enjoyed his class!