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Creative Writing: Dialogue

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With normal speech full of errors, ramblings and tedium, how do you create natural sounding speech between characters?

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Creating good dialogue is one of the most difficult things to do in writing. Good dialogue makes characters identifiable, dialogue progresses the story, and good dialogue in spite of its artificiality should sound natural.

In this workshop we'll look at not only the technical conventions for writing down dialogue but also the tips and tricks of making dialogue sound natural, reflective of the character and essential to the story. We will look at the elements required for energetic discourse and what to consider when creating conversations between characters.

Week 1: Introduction, Rules & PURPOSE

Week 2: What is a Novel & Genre

Week 3: Metrics, Motivation, Productivity, and Constraint.

Week 4: Plot

Week 5: Character

Week 6: Defamiliarization & NLP

Week 7: Dialogue

Week 8: World Building

Week 9: Language Building

Week 10: Concept Mapping

Week 11: Narrative Positioning & Description over Exposition

Week 12: Suspense, Tension, Hooks & Cliffhangers, LOCK & SCAMPER

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Organiser Iain McKinnon

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Iain McKinnon is a graduate of the Edinburgh Napier Creative Writing Masters Degree. He currently has 5 novels in print with American publisher Permuted Press. Iain runs a number of workshops most notably a creative writers program in association with Dyslexia Scotland.

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