Crafting Memorable Dialogue


Presented by Joni Fisher

August 5 - 30 , 2019

Cost is $15 for non-members of RWAOL.

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About This Workshop

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. You can learn how to craft purposeful, quotable dialogue, by discovering and applying techniques used by screenwriters and playwrights. The 4-week 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, students apply the lesson to their own work.

The first five people to sign up will receive a detailed critique on the first 5,000-8,000 words of their manuscript.

The lessons are:

  • discovering when and when not to use dialogue
  • infusing the scene with the right level of 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 is the author of South of Justice, the first book in the four-part Compass Crimes Series. She lives in central Florida and North Carolina. When she isn’t writing, she can be found flying, hiking, writing for aviation magazines, reading, or at church. An active member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, the Romance Writers of America, and the Florida Writers Association, she is hard at work on her next novel. Website:

Deadline to register is August 5, 2019

You do not need to be an RWA® member to take the class. Non-chapter members pay a small $15 fee.

Note: RWA® Online conducts all workshops via a message board system located on this website. However, access to the site is restricted by login and password to ensure that the workshop is only available to those that are authorized to attend.

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