11/17 Writing Good Dialogue with Teresa Link
“It is not harmony we are seeking in conversation, you cannot dig out the truth if everyone agrees.” ~ Montaigne
Digging Out the Truth of Writing Good Dialogue is a class for all you fellow crafters of the sullen art who have found yourselves struggling with dialogue. You’re not alone! I have frequently noticed, in writing workshops, how even the best writers stiffen up when it comes to letting the floodgates down. We will use acting techniques to uncover complexities in even your most tangential characters. Designed to take fiction writers to a new level, it’s a unique experience. And it’s fun!
You will hone your skills in dialogue and character work through a specifically designed, integrated sequence of exercises.
I began training for the theatre in my teens, and have received advanced degrees, fellowships and awards exploring every aspect of the player’s art, from improvisation to Restoration, Shakespeare and the Greeks. I’ve worked as an actor, director, dramaturge and writer in the U.S and U.K., on stage and screen.
This training has informed my fiction writing. Often, I have found myself playing theatre games and doing exercises to unlock a stubborn encounter or pry beneath a character’s facade. It works. Don’t be afraid ~ it’s not a class for actors, it’s for writers who want to break down the door.
“…I saw the emotional truth of my scene in a way that I hadn’t before. These exercises and techniques will help me flesh out my characters better, and write with more clarity.” — Suki Brown
**PLEASE NOTE: Participants are asked to bring to class a two person scene written in dialogue form, one to three pages (no longer!) it can either be something they’re working on or something written just for the class.
Teresa Link is the author of the new novel, Denting the Bosch, which Booklist describes as “both uplifting and entertaining.” She has numerous writing, dialogue, and acting classes, and has lived in Manhattan, Greenwich CT, London and San Diego. For more about Teresa, check out her website: http://www.teresalink.com
PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and ensure the class does not get cancelled or shifted to another date and time. We evaluate registration numbers between 7 and 3 days before a class start to decide about whether to keep or reschedule it. By registering 7 days or more in advance, you help us help our participants and instructors in many ways.