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Saturday, May 6 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
8B: Dialogue in Fiction: How Art Does Not Imitate Life FULL
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The dialogue writer is not a stenographer, writing down what he hears; he's an extrapolator, a rewrite man, bringing coherence to our oral discourse, condensing what we say and giving it shape and cohesion. Dialogue is indeed an art, and the class will explore that art's ingredients, and its many uses. We will look at the ways dialogue reveals character and emotion, and at its key--I would say indispensable--role in dramatic narrative. Think of dialogue as one of your most efficient tools, a component that by itself can elevate your story or novel to literary excellence.

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John Hough

John Hough is the author of six novels and two works of nonfiction, most recently The Fiction Writer's Guide to Dialogue. His novel, Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, received the William Y. Boyd Award for Excellence in Military Fiction from the American Librar... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Tremont Room