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“Dialogue is not conversation. It is conversation’s greatest hits.”

– Amy Bloom

“Writing sharp dialogue is tough,” says instructor Kristin FitzPatrick. “If you’re like me, you’re afraid it’ll go on too long, or every character will sound the same, or that what they say just won’t ring true.”

In this class, we’ll learn how to get through the initial obstacles and write conversations that build tension in every line. Reading excerpts from Ann Patchett, Raymond Carver, and John Cheever, we’ll learn how to use dialogue to slow down action-packed scenes and to give readers a taste of how folks sound. During in-class writing exercises and homework assignments, we’ll try out strategies to move the story along at a steady clip and that help readers get to know the characters better.

By the end of the course, we’ll be able to write spare, loaded dialogue that reveals details about characters and gets to the heart of their conflict. We’ll also practice writing the stuff around the dialogue—action and description—that brings our characters’ voices to life.

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Instructor

    Kristin FitzPatrick is the author of My Pulse is an Earthquake, a short story collection published in 2015 by West Virginia University Press. Her work has appeared in Colorado ReviewThe Southeast Review, Best of Gival Press Short Stories, Epiphany, and Ventura County Star. Her writing has also been chosen for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, The New Short Fiction Series and Stories on Stage. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Jentel Artist Residency Program and The Seven Hills School. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Alameda.

Schedule
  1. Saturday, August 19, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Saturday, August 26, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Saturday, September 9, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Saturday, September 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Saturday, September 23, 10:30am-1:00pm
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Details

Start:
Sat, August 19 @ 10:30 am
End:
Sat, September 23 @ 1:00 pm
Cost:
$295
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Venue

Berkeley
2121 Bonar St, Studio D, 2nd Fl
Berkeley, CA United States
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Tickets

11 available
Believe Me: Writing Dialogue That Rings True$295.00

Registration Deadline

Registration closes 24 hours before the start time for a class.

Refund Policy

There is a cancellation fee of 15% included in each registration. The Writing Salon will not issue a refund if a cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the class start time.

The Writing Salon cannot provide refunds, transfer payments, or offer makeup sessions for classes a student might miss, for any reason.

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