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SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 11 – 15, 2015
Workshop Title: DON’T BE AFRAID OF DIALOGUE! (The purposes and uses of dialogue in fiction)
It’s a familiar cry: “I’d like to write dialogue but it never sounds right!”
But why should it be hard? Talking is natural. It’s necessary. We do a lot of it, sometimes too much!
In this workshop we shall discuss the ground rules for creating convincing dialogue, and the purposes it serves within a story.
We shall talk about the importance of constructive listening, the use of dialect, slang and foreign language, and the visual impact of dialogue on the page.
Participants will write a short dialogue between two or more individuals in a given situation, and be invited to read it aloud. If time permits, we shall take parts and read the short story “Hills Like White Elephants,” by Ernest Hemingway, almost entirely written in dialogue and discuss why, in this case, the format works so well.