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Saturday, January 28 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
The Importance of Dialogue

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The spoken word preceded the written word. It is possible to write a story – at least at short lengths – in all dialogue. Man’s first storytellers regaling colleagues around a campfire used dialogue, and when the story was passed along, it became all dialogue – until it was written down after writing was invented.

The skills needed to listen and study dialogue will be reviewed, as well as the best ways to train your listening skills.

Participants will learn:

  • The difference between dialogue and simply using a transcript.
  • Things to avoid, such as excessive slang or phonetic spelling; and/or when to use them (sparingly).
  • Dialogue style to drive the plot, such as by showing social class or background.
  • When a paraphrase will do better than a direct quote.
  • How to avoid info dumps (“As you know, Bob.”
  • How to make dialogue sound realistic.
  • How to train your dialogue skills (Hint: Sit in on a trial).
  • The various points of view and how they related to dialogue (First Person, Second Person, Omniscient).
  • The related subject of internal dialogue, and train of thought.
  • Tricks you can use with dialogue (such as when the narrator knows less than the reader).

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Lou Antonelli

Lou Antonelli started writing fiction in middle age; his first story was published in 2003 when he was 46. He’s had 105 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, India and Portugal in venues such as Asimov's Science Fiction, Jim Baen's Universe, Tales of the... Read More →

Saturday January 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:15pm
1-Beginning Campbell Room

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