IN PERSON Essentials of Dialogue
We often talk about the writer’s “voice,” but in reality, a writer can take on numerous voices and numerous personas, depending on who the characters are. Consider Atticus and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men. How does one construct such beautifully rounded characters? Dialogue is an essential ingredient. In this course, we’ll examine several literary characters and use them as models to construct conversations between our own characters. We’ll pepper in some speech theory and tricks of the trade, and by the end of the course, we’ll know how to strengthen our characters through the words, rhythms, and tempo of their speech.
This class takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre in Calgary.
Laura Swart is passionate about writing and teaching. She has taught creative and critical writing to adults for thirty years, encouraging students to find and raise their writing voices. She is a published novelist, poet, and playwright and the director of I-AM ESL, an online language school that uses story and song to teach the intricacies of English to refugees. Laura’s degrees and research in education, philosophy, and theology have shaped her thinking and woven themselves into her classroom and her writing.