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Tamara Guirado teaches Advanced Dialogue Techniques for Fiction Writers

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2012 Time: 10 am to 2 pm Number of sessions: 1-ONE DAY CLASS! Members: $70 Nonmembers: $82 Location: The Inkspot, 710 13th St, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92101

This class has been canceled. If you have registered and paid, you will be reimbursed the full amount. You will receive an email with details. Thank you and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Advanced Dialogue Techniques for Fiction Writers

Brilliant dialogue is not a tape recorder held up to real speech. Dialogue is amplified and distilled like gin or poetry. In this class we’ll study scene excerpts from master inkslingers then model their techniques. We’ll practice interweaving direct dialogue, summarized dialogue, flashback, imagery, stage-business, and subtext. We’ll look at power dynamics, the “French scene,” making dialogue strange, and the poetry of dialogue.

Bring a pen and notebook (or computer) and be prepared to write!


TAMARA AVILA GUIRADO was born close enough to Disneyland to see the fireworks. Her short story “Dog Children” was included in Best New American Voices 2005 and her short story “Above Asmara” won a Robie McCauley Award from StoryQuarterly and was subsequently included as a Special Mention in the 2009 Pushcart Prize Anthology.  She was awarded a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellowship at Stanford University, a Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, and a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship in Bahia, Brazil. She has taught fiction and creative nonfiction for over ten years in universities, caves, and seedy motels. She holds an M.F.A. from Mills College in Oakland, CA.