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Speaking and Listening: The Art of Writing Dialogue — Cancelled

March 16, 4:00 PM6:00 PM


This event is Cancelled!

Good dialogue can bring enormous vividness and music to our prose. Good dialogue invites a reader into a room, helps us connect, and lets us hear and see. It can forward plot, illuminate character, reveal theme. But writing dialogue is not always intuitive, in part because dialogue is not merely transcribed speech. (Artful dialogue has very little to do with how people actually talk.) In this 2-hour workshop, we’ll discuss what makes good dialogue and explore methods of capturing and distilling the music of speech. We’ll look at some examples and experiment with techniques. Appropriate for all interested in creative writing — those writing memoir, personal essay, fiction, plays — or anyone who wants to think more about this element of literary craft. Participants should bring something to write on and with: laptop, iPad, pad of paper, etc. Facilitated by Sarah Braunstein.

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March 16
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM


Waterville Public Library
73 Elm Street
Waterville, ME
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