08/10 Conversation’s Greatest Hits with Tamara Guirado
All about dialogue with Tamara Guirado!
Brilliant dialogue is many things, but it is not a tape recorder held up to real speech. Great dialogue is amplified and distilled like gin or poetry. Dialogue is a type of action—it is what characters do to each other and is the quickest path to conflict and story.
In this fun, high-energy class we will model master inkslingers (like Toni Cade Bambara and Denis Johnson) and learn how to shape original dialogue with subtext.
We will cover dialect, opposite scripts, distinct voices, common pitfalls, the “rules” and when to break them. Bring a pen 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. http://writersninja.com/