Public lectures and events

TWS Community Workshops: Writing Effective Dialogue

Sun, 14 Oct 2018 10:00 AM

Dialogue and conversation are not synonyms: conversation is when two or more people talk to each other; dialogue is a literary form that provides the illusion of transcribed speech to either establish character, advance the plot, or preferably, both.

During this three-hour workshop, John Mavin will lead you through in-class exercises, discussion and lecture in order to explore what makes good dialogue, what makes bad dialogue, and how to tell the difference. You'll also look at goal-oriented dialogue, subtext, action, differentiating your characters through the words they say, as well as the technical mechanics—everything you need to get your characters saying the right thing.


Instructor Bio: John Mavin has taught creative writing at Capliano University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, New Shoots (through the Vancouver School Board), and the Learning Exchange in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

He is a graduate of SFU's The Writer's Studio and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. A past nominee for both the Aurora Award and the Journey Prize, his short fiction has been translated, studied and published internationally. His first book-length collection, Rage, was published by Thistledown Press in the fall of 2017.

Date(s): Sun, October 14, 2018, 10am – 1pm

Location: Room 2290, SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre)

Cost: $30  Register



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