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RWA Online's May workshop: Crafting Memorable Dialogue

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Location: RWA® Online Chapter website http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org

Dates: May 4-29, 2015

Registration opens: April 20, 2015

Last day to register is May 4, 2015

Cost: $15

(You do not have to be a RWA® member to take this workshop)

FMI: http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

Or email the workshop coordinator Patti Fischer at fisc40pa@aol.com


We’ve all slogged through novels with boring, predictable, or chit-chat dialogue. In many genres, dialogue makes up half of the novel, so dialogue can make or break your bond with readers. Discover how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. Conducted online over four weeks, the Crafting Memorable Dialogue Workshop offers ten practical lessons to apply immediately to your work in progress. At the end of each of the 10 lessons, the student applies the lesson to a chapter of his own work in progress.

The lessons are:

  • Discovering when and when not to use dialogue
  • Infusing conflict
  • Employing text and subtext
  • Creating suspense
  • Transforming the predictable
  • Cutting to the chase
  • Individualizing characters through speech markers
  • Applying the stimulus/response pattern for clarity
  • Using three types of tags to show goals, motivations and conflict, and
  • Formatting and punctuating dialogue properly.

About the presenter:

Joni M. Fisher is a published author, journalist, playwright and book editor. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America, and active in the Tampa Area Romance Authors and the Kiss of Death Chapters. She has conducted her dialogue workshop for three years for various writing groups and organizations. She worked for five years a staff writer and an instructor for a Fortune 500 company. She is currently writing a suspense trilogy. Visit http://www.jonimfisher.com to learn about her other published works.

How to pay for the workshop:

Payment method: PAYPAL is recommended! Checks and money orders also accepted, but register early and mail your payment promptly. No person will be allowed in unless payment is received.

Format: Courses are conducted via online discussion (bulletin) board on the RWA® Online website (no email loops). Non-chapter members MUST complete both the workshop registration AND the discussion board login registration for access.

For registration information go to http://www.rwaonlinechapter.org/campus.htm

We hope to see you there!

Patti Fischer

Workshop Coordinator


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