Make sure the dialog you're writing for your characters sounds like real people actually said it, ensuring they come off as authentic.
Your Instructor: "King of Pain" John F.D. Taff, author of over 90+ short stories and 5 novels.
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: February 4, 2020 - March 3, 2020
If you're a fiction writer, it's a safe bet you have characters in your stories. Whether it's actual verbal dialog or internal monologues, characters talk…a lot. Real people talk a lot, too, and readers hear this all around them, all the time. So how do you make sure the dialog you're writing for your characters sounds like real people actually said it?
This class will help writers produce realistic dialog that will ensure their characters come off as real as possible. Students will learn to:
• Translate plot points into discussion
• Employ dialog to move the story forward without falling into the trap of too much exposition.
• Unlock when to have characters talk and when they need to shut up.
• Become your characters so you know exactly what they'd say in any situation.
This four-week workshop will feature written lectures and writing exercises that will be critiqued by your fellow classmates and by John.
What This Class Covers
Week 1—Saying It
- Learn to listen…to everyone
- Pay attention to how different people speak
- Beware the traps of accents, vernacular argot and lingo
Week 2—Making Characters Say Your Words Their Way
- Make your characters say what they mean
- Know when characters need to speak…and when they don't
- Why dialog is (mostly) better than narration
Week 3—Talk the Walk
- Make your dialog sparkle with emotion
- Why it's best to stick with "said"
- Avoid the dreaded adverb
Week 4—Become an Actor
- How to inhabit each character in your story
- Listen to the "voice" of the character
- Learn how reading your dialog out loud is the key
Goals Of This Class
• Write a piece of short dark speculative fiction with cracking, believable dialog.
• Use what you hear every day in your dialog.
• Employ dialog to move the plot of the story along.
• Work with your instructor and your fellow students toward producing the best work possible
• Leave class with a completely critiqued short story manuscript.
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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