The Journeyman Writer’s Handbook: Dazzling Dialogue

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The Journeyman Writer’s Handbook is a series of classes designed to make your writing life more productive, more rewarding and more successful. Dazzling Dialogue is the ninth of these classes, and is your guide to giving your characters the most dynamic, engaging and memorable dialogue!

Dialogue isn’t just an entertaining distraction in your stories; when put to good use, strong dialogue can demonstrate character, explore conflict, advance the plot, create a better sense of your setting, frame and punctuate action, and create the most memorable fictional moments.

Over the course of this two-hour class, Alastair will be your guide as we explore:

  • The purpose and power of dialogue
  • Voice, cadence and dialect
  • Dialogue as action
  • Monologue and the single voice
  • The spectrum of naturalism
  • Pacing and rhythm in conversation
  • Structure, punctuation and accent
  • Characterization through dialogue

You will leave the class with everything you need to write sparky romantic flirtation, complex oratory, charming conversation, or whatever your story demands!

This is a two-hour live class, presented by story expert Alastair Stephens. In the downloadable packet, you’ll find video and audio recordings of the lecture, including Q&As from the live audience, along with notes and a transcript of the key points. Those files are DRM free, and you’ll be able to keep them, watch or listen to them as often as you like, and copy them to any computer or device that you own.

TJWH: Dazzling Dialogue