Elements of Dialog

Want to create authentic, sparkling, and compelling dialogue that individualizes characters, leaps off the page, and entertains your readers?

Dialog in fiction must accomplish three things: provide information, reveal character, and move the story along.

This course explores a range of techniques for crafting effective dialogue and avoiding common mistakes. Participants will learn how to:

• Use speech to define your characters
• Use summarized, indirect, and direct dialogue
• Correctly use direct address, dialogue tags, dialogue beats, and tonal tags
• Let the reader hear important dialogue
• Handle blocks of information in dialogue
• Use word choice, actions, and thought to make your dialogue sing


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Maggie King

Maggie King is the author of the Hazel Rose Book Group Mysteries, including Murder at the Book Group and Murder at the Moonshine Inn. She contributed the stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” to the Virginia is for Mysteries anthologies. “Wine, Women, and Wrong” appears in 50 Shades of Cabernet: A Mysterious Anthology.

Maggie belongs to James River Writers and is a founding member of the Sisters in Crime Central Virginia chapter. She has worked as a software developer, retail sales manager, and customer service supervisor. Maggie graduated from Elizabeth Seton College and earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Glen, and cats Morris and Olive. She enjoys walking, travel, film, and the theatre. Visit Maggie on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at maggieking.com.

Web: http://www.maggieking.com